JazzTimes - 4/00, pp.105-6
"...It sure sounds good....It's still true: jazz is a bold and broad enough tradition to allow for integration of idioms normally kept in their separate corners by cultural and social factors."
Full Title: Gustav Mahler In Toblach: I Went Out This Morning Over The Countryside.
Personnel: Uri Caine (piano, keyboards); Aaron Bensoussan (vocals, oud); David Binney (alto saxophone); Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Mark Feldman (violin);
Michael Formanek (acoustic bass); Jim Black (drums); DJ Olive (turntable, electronics).
On this double disc set Caine continues his unique consideration of the music of Gustav Mahler, here in live performance. Using the large band jazz setting, as well as some rather unsettling sonic elements, Caine deconstructs the nature of Mahler's work. The opening track -- a tango interpretation of the funeral march from the Symphony no. 5 -- is by turns histrionic, romantic, and a bit comical. Purists may be horrified with the liberties he takes, but one has to admire the musical chutzpah displayed here. ~ Tim Sheridan