David Amram has always been interested in a wide variety of music. For this set, he performs the three-part "Triple Concerto" and "Elegy for Violin and Orchestra," the latter featuring classical violinist Howard Weiss. Amram's goal was to combine classical, folk and world music from several countries with touches of jazz. Although the "Triple Concerto" utilizes three quintets (woodwinds, brass and jazz) and such players as baritonist Pepper Adams and altoist Jerry Dodgion (along with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), most of the music is really classical with touches of folk melodies. Amram (who plays piano, French horn, Pakistani flute and dumbek) does not really succeed in mixing the different idioms equally, but the results (which he called "music without walls") have their moments of interest.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow