New On The Corner & Wuerzburger Streichquartett
Charlie Mariano (as)
> Bernhard Pichl (p), Rudi Engel (b), Bill Elgart (dr)
>> Franz Peter Fischer (Violine 1), Christiane Schuler (Violine 2),
Makoto Sudo (Viola), Matthias Steinkrauss (Violoncello)
Recorded at Bayerischer Rundfunk-Studio Franken, Nuernberg,
September 22-26, 2003 and March 29- April 1, 2004 by Carsten Vollmer.
Die Wurzeln der CD gehen zurück auf das Jahr 1994. Damals konzertierte das
"Philharmonische Orchester Würzburg" unter der Leitung von Jonathan Seers mit dem Jazz-Trio
Corner". Arrangements stammten unter anderem von Peter Fulda und
Jonathan Seers. 1998 und 2000 gesellte sich Charlie Mariano im Rahmen einer
The CD is rooted in the year 1994, when the jazztrio
Corner" played with the
"Philharmonic Orchestra Of Wüuerzburg" conducted
by Jonathan Seers. Some of the arrangements were written by Peter Fulda and Jonathan Seers. In 1998 and 2000
Charlie Mariano joined them for a series of concerts.
A project in the year 2002 reunified the "Würzburger Streichquartett",
"New On The Corner" (so the name of the quartet when Bill Elgart
on the drums extented the trio), Charlie Mariano and the arrangers Peter Fulda and Jonathan Seers. It proved to be
good to give the arrangers the utmost artistic freedom to produce manifold colours,
atmospheres and styles. It was advantageous that they all had already
played together for years - that enabled the arrangers to compose especially for this
formation. The idea for this CD was born; it was realized in a co-production with
the Bayerischer Rundfunk - Studio Franken in Nuremberg.
Charlie Mariano, who celebrated his 81st birthday at the 12th of November 2004, is
one of the few living and active musicians of the Bebop era. He still played with
Charlie Parker who, influenced himself by Johnny Hodges, shaped his play. From
the middle of the 1950s on the Stan Kenton Orchestra was an important phase in
Mariano´s life. In 1959 he married the Japanese piano player Toshiko Akiyoshi,
formed with her a quartet and toured in the USA and in Japan, where Mariano livedfor two years.
There and later in Malaysia and India he became acquainted with the Indian music. After an engagement with Charles Mingus at the
beginning of the 1960s he teached at the Berklee School Of Music, where he once had studied.
In 1971 he settled in Europe, found his way to Jazz Rock and played with Jasper
van`t Hof and the United Jazz And Rock Ensemble. Then Mariano turned to thearising world
jazz. A first approach to the crossover music jazz/classic may be
Mariano´s album "Adagio" with pianist Mike Herting and guitar playerPaul
Shigihara from 1991, including pieces of A. Dvorak and L. v. Beethoven. With
the CD "Charlie Mariano Meets … " his "journey" goes on now with "New On TheCorner" and the "Wuerzburger Streichquartett".