BLACK VIOLIN - STEREOTYPES

BLACK VIOLIN
STEREOTYPES

Int. Release 18 Sep. 2015
1 CD / Download
6025 474 6916 8
Universal Music Classics


Track List

Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, Marco Rodriguez, Leo Boland
1.
3:30

Black Violin

Wilner Baptiste, Angela Hunte, Troy Jamerson, Kevin M. Sylvester, James Poyser
2.
4:00

Black Violin, Pharoahe Monch

Wilner Baptiste, Dave Gutter, Eric Krasno, Kevin M. Sylvester
3.
3:19

Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, Andrea Martin
4.
4:08

Traditional (Public Domain)
5.
4:13

Black Violin

Ray Angry, Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, Andrea Martin, Tarik Trotter
6.
4:10

Black Violin, Melanie Fiona, Black Thought

Burt Bacharach (1928 - ), Hal David (1921 - 2012)
7.
3:38

Ray Angry, Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, Marco Rodriguez
8.
3:03

Ray Angry, Wilner Baptiste, Angela Hunte, Kevin M. Sylvester
9.
3:42

Black Violin

Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, James Poyser, Andrea Martin
10.
4:18

Black Violin, Robert Glasper, Kandace Springs

Dave Gutter, Eric Krasno, Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester
11.
3:39

Wilner Baptiste, Kevin M. Sylvester, Marco Rodriguez
12.
3:06

Black Violin

Total Playing Time 44:46

Even the instrumental tracks convey messages; you can feel the story and emotions unfold as Kev and Wil B melodically play the violin and viola. The intensity and precision is there when they are playing slow, lyrical sections and when they are playing intricate sections at a faster tempo . . . They play with such precision but it doesn't sound calculated or clinical, a common trap many classically trained musicians fall into when crossing genres. The music flows out of their instruments almost as if they are extensions of themselves.

. . . [the duo] demonstrate significant musical growth on their sophomore album and major label debut, "Stereotypes" . . . there is now a greater depth and breadth to their vision, as well as an attempt to balance instrumental tracks with songs in a variety of styles . . . "Stereotypes" provides the perfect balance between message songs, lively instrumentals, and heartfelt R&B ballads -- while shattering preconceived notions and affirming Black Violin at the vanguard of classical fusion.

Kev Marcus and Wil B can do more with two string instruments than what most of today's artists can accomplish with an entire catalog . . . "Stereotypes" not only eclipses its title, but any prior expectations of Black Violin. As its popularity continues to expand, the duo charges up its creativity and range to new and very promising levels. Highly Recommended.