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10.Beverley Johnston, Marc Djokic, Amici Ensemble, The Spirit and the Dust (Centrediscs) featuring Dinuk Wijeratne, Christos Hatzis, Norbert Palej and Richard Mascall
This Centrediscs release finds percussionist Beverley Johnston in fine form — and excellent company — playing marimba and vibraphone, and in one piece singing, too. The album is a survey of pieces by Dinuk Wijeratne, Christos Hatzis, Norbert Palej and Richard Mascall, and they couldn’t be more contrasting, one from the next. To borrow Johnston’s expression, Wijeratne’s four-movement suite, The Spirit and the Dust, is a “marimba masterpiece.” In Ser con Él, Palej requires Johnston to sing and narrate as well as play, and wow, does she commit! There are warm tango sounds in Hatzis’s Parlor Music, while Mascall’s Quantum Hologram is a hoe-down with expert fiddling from Marc Djokic.