The Turtle Island Quartet, known for their innovative recordings, again raises the bar with a project ranging in style from jazz, classical, bluegrass to Indian music.
TIQ + mandolin player Mike Marshall throw aside all notions of genre and delight in the myriad sonic colors of our world.
"By juxtaposing Hendrix’s works with those compositions, Mr. Balakrishnan is portraying the guitar legend as a kindred spirit to a modern-jazz giant and declaring Hendrix an evolutionary figure in the history of music for electric guitar."
“There is something nearly ecstatic in Turtle Island’s handling of works written by or in tribute to the jazz sax colossus John Coltrane…”
TIQ and the Kronos Quartet blend into a single ensemble, with everybody on the same page, and overall there's a sense of good-hearted fun here.
This outstanding date should be snapped up without hesitation.
Turtle Island String Quartet's Windham Hill Essential Series is a fine overview of the group's recordings for the label, culling the highlights from each of their albums to provide a definitive introduction to the contemporary instrumental quartet.