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Improv 04

Stars Show the Way

Michael Bettine


Here are compositions and improvisations for solo percussion that bear favorable comparison with Evelyn Glennie’s work. “Spiritual Resonance,” dedicated to Pierre Favre, has a title that’s not a surprise as Bettine’s trancelike cymbal work here (and throughout the cd) owes more than a little to the great percussionist. More importantly, he shares a strong grasp of narrative that that master has. He doesn’t so much sound like Favre as he has his sense of command and grace.

The whole of this outing is extremely well-recorded which is vital to this kind of thing. It’s easily one of the best solo percussion records I’ve ever heard.
Bettine is essential listening for percussionists and anyone interested in solo
free-oriented music.

Editions Intuitive Arts

Richard Grooms