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Road Movies


Download links and information about Road Movies by Leila Josefowicz, John Novacek, Rolf Hind. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 01:07:56 minutes.

Artist: Leila Josefowicz, John Novacek, Rolf Hind
Release date: 2004
Tracks: 11
Duration: 01:07:56
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No. Title Length
1. Road Movies: I. Relaxed Groove 4:54
2. Road Movies II. Meditative 5:38
3. Road Movies III. 40% Swing 5:00
4. Hallelujah Junction: I. 1st Movement 7:09
5. Hallelujah Junction: II. 2nd Movement 2:35
6. Hallelujah Junction: III. 3rd Movement 6:44
7. China Gates (featuring Nicolas Hodges) 4:34
8. American Berserk (featuring Nicolas Hodges) 6:08
9. Phrygian Gates: I. Part 1 14:22
10. Phrygian Gates: II. Part 2 (A System of Weights and Measures) 3:24
11. Phrygian Gates: III. Part 3 7:28



Here is an anthology of John Adams' comparatively small output for the piano, whether solo, duo, or in tandem with another instrument. The title of the album — also the first composition in the sequence — gives you an idea of what to expect, for Adams' motor rhythms turn several of these pieces into travelogues. You're in a car, watching the scenery flash by as the sophisticated well-tuned engine sets the rhythm, slowing to a contemplative crawl before picking up speed again. This is certainly the case in Road Movies, with its fast-slow-fast, three-movement layout and running ostinatos — and Hallelujah Junction, named after a tiny hamlet near Adams' cabin retreat deep in the Sierra Nevada, has the same ABA tempo structure and similar motorized driving ideas. Road Movies introduces a violin into the mix, with star violinist Leila Josefowicz scraping away lustily and rhythmically at the first movement, as if this were prime Stravinsky, and John Novacek on piano, while Hallelujah is left to the duo pianos of Nicolas Hodges and Rolf Hinds. American Berserk is a more complex animal; the rhythms shift, lurch, and generally make the life of anyone who sight-reads it miserable over a span of six minutes. The disc also takes in two Adams solo piano pieces written two decades (1977) before their companions — the brief, limpid, minimalist exercise China Gates and its much larger companion, Phrygian Gates. From a 21st century vantage point, Phrygian now seems like the signpost at the beginning of a long stylistic highway; obsessive minimalist patterns still run the show yet a restless Romantic spirit yearns to break free. The composer provides typically erudite yet offbeat liner notes — always worth reading. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi