Noah Preminger, Rob Garcia Dead Composers Club Chopin Project (Connection Works Records)
If I were going to be in New York City tomorrow evening—alas, I won’t be—I would be at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village hoping that Preminger’s and Garcia’s Chopin CD release concert would be as fascinating as the album itself. Preminger’s tenor saxophone and Garcia’s drumming have support from guitarist Nate Radley and bassist Kim Cass in their interpretations of nine of Frederic Chopin’s nocturnes and preludes and his formidable Etude No. 7 in C# Minor.
My guess is that Friedrich Gulda would have approved of Preminger’s and Garcia’s adaptation. Gulda was, after all, respected for both his classical and jazz abilities. He and Joe Zawinul (later of Weather Report) were close friends beginning in their teen years in Vienna. Gulda was admired for his composing in both fields. For comparison with the Preminger-Garcia approach, let’s hear and see Gulda (1930-2000) play the piece as Chopin wrote it. This performance was in 1990 at the Philharmonie in Munich, Germany. You may wish to turn up your volume.
Oddly, the Preminger-Garcia Chopin album seems to be not yet listed at Amazon, CD Baby or other usual online album sources. I hope that it soon will be.