John Scofield, Peter Erskine, Martin Robertson, Ensemble Modern & Peter Rundel - Turnage: Blood On The Floor (1997)

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Title: Turnage: Blood On The Floor
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Decca
Genre: Classical, Jazz, Avant-Garde
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 01:08:41
Total Size: 349 Mb / 177 Mb


1. Blood On The Floor 8:35
2. Junior Addict 5:45
3. Shout 5:30
4. Sweet And Decay 9:01
5. Needles 4:46
6. Elegy For Andy 8:20
7. Cut Up 6:13
8. Crackdown 4:11
9. Dispelling The Fears 15:48

Bassoon, Contrabassoon – Johannes Rupe, Noriko Shimada
Cello – Eva Böcker, Michael Stirling
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – John Corbett (2), Roland Diry
Conductor – Peter Rundel
Double Bass – Michael Tiepold
Drums [Drum Kit] – Peter Erskine
Electric Bass, Double Bass – Thomas Fichter
Electric Guitar – Klaus Obermaier
Ensemble Modern
Euphonium – Uwe Schrodi
Flute – Dietmar Wiesner, Katharina Kutnewsky
French Horn – Franck Ollu, Martin Owen
Guitar – John Scofield
Harp – Karin Schmeer
Oboe, English Horn – Catherine Milliken, Joseph Sanders
Percussion – Rainer Römer, Rumi Ogawa-Helferich
Piano, Celesta – Ueli Wiget
Saxophone – Deján Prešicek, Matthias Stich
Saxophone [Saxophones], Bass Clarinet – Martin Robertson
Trombone – Graham Lee (5), Uwe Dierksen
Trumpet – Bruce Nockles, Martin Hommel (2), William Forman
Tuba – Jörg Seggelke
Viola – Michael Klier, Sophie Renshaw
Violin – Freya Kirby*, Hilary Sturt, Jagdish Mistry, Verena Sommer

The title comes from a painting by Francis Bacon (whose distinctive facial features are bizarrely recalled in the composer’s own), while the music ranges widely in its references and allusions. Ten years on, Blood on the Floor remains Turnage’s magnum ‘fusion’ opus. With a raw expressive energy fuelled by the loss of his brother to a drugs overdose, the composer’s gift for sour melody and guttural sonority has never been deployed to better effect.

The body of this DVD release is a live performance taped in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper during the same premiere tour that yielded a CD recording (Decca, 5/98R). The concert was presumably intended for low-fi TV broadcast and consists of the usual series of close-ups of instrumentalists edited to the music. The technique is less irksome here than in many such outings; it highlights the breathtaking artistry of the multifarious musicians involved, genuinely conveying a charged atmosphere.

Sound quality is good if not quite up to the standard of the audio equivalent; there are some perplexing moments when the camera focuses on an instrument barely audible in the mix. More happily, John Scofield is shown creating something wonderful from the simple melody of ‘Elegy for Andy’, while Peter Erskine’s sotto voce drum solos in ‘Crackdown’ are astonishing.