Evelyn Glennie's uncanny virtuosity takes yet another surprising turn with this inventive collection of tunes for xylophone, marimba, vibraphone accompanied by a backdrop of brass from the Black Dyke Band. From evocative heart-rending ballads to boisterous show tunes to adaptations of familiar works, virtually all styles of popular music are represented here.
Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1" is given a lovely arrangement with a slowly pulsing brass line against a appropriately reverberant vibraphone while the warm tone of the marimba perfectly suits the "Yorkshire Ballad" and the Irish classic "Danny Boy." Other highlights include two jazz-oriented tunes: "Triplets" (a huge hit in 1919) and the Charleston-flavored "Rudy's Rambles." But perhaps the most fun track of all, because it also includes a wild assortment of bells, whistles and pop guns, is Peter Graham's "Cartoon Music," a piece that was inspired by the manic and zany music written for the classic Tom and Jerry cartoons of the 1940s.