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East meets East

Nigel Kennedy/Kroke

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If the notion persists that Nigel Kennedy is the enfant terrible of classical music -- too rebellious or facile to be taken seriously -- then perhaps it is time to reconsider his categorization. Kennedy's varied interests certainly take him beyond the boundaries of the typical classical performer, and his performance style may be too flamboyant to suit some listeners' tastes. But East Meets East is far from shocking, if understood as an exploration of Eastern European music, presented in a fusion of popular styles without pandering to the classical audience with crossover concessions. Fans of world music and open-minded listeners of any stripe may find something to appreciate here. Appearing with the Polish folk band Kroke and surrounded by several guest artists of international reputation, Kennedy shows that his involvement with this ethnic music is honest, if not always inspired. His playing is forthright and spirited, but sometimes overdone, particularly when his electric violin solos wander into rock clichés. However, Kennedy's occasional excesses are counterbalanced by some fine, expressive playing, most memorably in his unaccompanied track Lost in Time. The musicians play well as an ensemble, perhaps most successfully in the vigorous dance style that reaches maximum frenzy in Kukush.
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1
Ajde Jano (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:04:24

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - Natacha Atlas, Vocals - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Lullaby for Kamila
Nigel Kennedy
00:03:24

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
T 4.2
Miles Bould
00:06:11

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Miles Bould, Percussion - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Mo Foster, Electric Bass Guitar - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - Nigel Kennedy/Miles Bould/Mo Foster/Kroke, MainArtist - The Kroke Band, Ensemble - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Eden (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:06:06

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Harry Kandel, Composer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Dafino (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:02:51

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Jovano Jovanke (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:04:25

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Ederlezi
Nigel Kennedy
00:05:47

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Goran Bregovic, Composer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Violin, MainArtist - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Kazimierz (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:03:28

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - Nigel Kennedy/Kroke/John Stanley, MainArtist - The Kroke Band, Ensemble - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
One Voice
Nigel Kennedy
00:04:54

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, FeaturedArtist, BalanceEngineer - Miles Bould, Percussion, MainArtist - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - Aboud Abdul Aal, Violin, MainArtist - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer - Strings of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, String Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Tribute to Maria Tanase (Arr. by Jerzy Bawol, Nigel Kennedy, Tomasz Kukurba and Tomasz Lato)
Nigel Kennedy
00:03:11

Traditional, Composer - John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Arranger - Jerzy Bawol, Arranger - Tomasz Lato, Arranger - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Time 4 Time
Miles Bould
00:05:20

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Miles Bould, Percussion - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - Nigel Kennedy/Miles Bould/Kroke, MainArtist - The Kroke Band, Ensemble - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Vino
Miles Bould
00:06:04

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Miles Bould, Percussion - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Mo Foster, Electric Bass Guitar - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - Nigel Kennedy/Miles Bould/Mo Foster/Kroke, MainArtist - The Kroke Band, Ensemble - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Lost in Time
Nigel Kennedy
00:04:22

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Kukush
Nigel Kennedy
00:04:42

John Stanley, Producer - Andy Green, BalanceEngineer - Jaz Coleman, Producer - Nigel Kennedy, Composer, Violin, MainArtist - Tomasz Kukurba, Composer - Jerzy Bawol, Composer - Tomasz Lato, Composer - Dariusz Grela, BalanceEngineer - Sam O'Kell, BalanceEngineer - The Kroke Band, Ensemble, MainArtist - Wojciech Gruszka, BalanceEngineer

© 2003 EMI Records Ltd. ℗ 2003 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

If the notion persists that Nigel Kennedy is the enfant terrible of classical music -- too rebellious or facile to be taken seriously -- then perhaps it is time to reconsider his categorization. Kennedy's varied interests certainly take him beyond the boundaries of the typical classical performer, and his performance style may be too flamboyant to suit some listeners' tastes. But East Meets East is far from shocking, if understood as an exploration of Eastern European music, presented in a fusion of popular styles without pandering to the classical audience with crossover concessions. Fans of world music and open-minded listeners of any stripe may find something to appreciate here. Appearing with the Polish folk band Kroke and surrounded by several guest artists of international reputation, Kennedy shows that his involvement with this ethnic music is honest, if not always inspired. His playing is forthright and spirited, but sometimes overdone, particularly when his electric violin solos wander into rock clichés. However, Kennedy's occasional excesses are counterbalanced by some fine, expressive playing, most memorably in his unaccompanied track Lost in Time. The musicians play well as an ensemble, perhaps most successfully in the vigorous dance style that reaches maximum frenzy in Kukush.
© TiVo

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