Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Dr. Einstein's Spin
Composed and recorded through a grant from Chamber Music America, Dr. Einstein's Spin represents a true marriage of jazz trio with string quartet. "My process for composing the Einstein music was to first start out on the guitar to come up with big structural ideas," Sprague says. "From there I transferred this information to the computer. I was able to hear a midi version of the composition and that guided me into what I ultimately think are the right moves."
The rhythm section of Bob Magnusson on Bass with Duncan Moore on drums shadow Sprague's dancing nylon-string improvisations. Weaving seamlessly throughout are the violins of Bridgett Dolkas and Jeanne Skrocki, Pam Jacobson's viola, and the cellos of Lars Hoefs and Carter Dewberry.