As recorded by Mats Holmquist Big Bad Band (Caprice Records 2003).
Crystal Silence is one of Chick's few ballads, a beautiful classic found on the Crystal Silence album with Gary Burton, and on the album called Return to forever (not the group).
Holmquist made it to a big soprano sax feature with lush, dense voicings and plenty of room for the soloist, including a cadenza near the end. There is plenty of variation and development of the theme and a piano solo where "time stands still". A perfect vehicle for your soprano soloist and a crowd pleaser at every concert!
"However it is Holmquist's inventive arrangements, which are a logical extension of Corea's original performances, that are the real stars. Recommended.”
****1/2 Scott Yanow, Allmusic.com
….”For those who appreciate Chick Corea and admire superlative big bands, it doesn’t get much better than this."
Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz
”Mats Holmquist is one of the jazz world’s finest composers and arrangers."
Ric Bang, JazzScan
Standard Big Band (5/5/4/4)
Soprano /Flute, Alto/Flute 2/Tenor 1/Clarinet/Tenor 2/Flute 1/Bari Flute 3, Flugelhorns