Hustler Symphony Orchestra makes it's debut with Jay-Z at the
Radio City Music Hall, 25th June, 2006.
Created as a new division of Wired Strings, The
Hustler Symphony Orchestra debut's at the Radio City Music Hall
for a performance with Jay-Z.'
New York Times: 27th June, 2006
For this celebration, Jay-Z was joined by ?uestlove,
the drummer from the Roots, and a band called the Illadelphonics.
There was also an orchestra ("the Hustler's Symphony Orchestra,"
he said) and a D.J., Just Blaze. Together they evoked the three
basic musical elements of "Reasonable Doubt": hard
beats (the band), plush arrangements (the strings) and well-chosen
samples (the D.J.).
Village Voice, 26th June, 2005
‘When the curtain came up, we were looking
at a huge orchestra: nine horns, about thirty strings, a grand
piano, ?uestlove, Just Blaze, a hot female conductor, a f*cking
harp. I tried to count the musicians onstage at one point, and
it was around fifty. Jay came to the stage in a 96 Lexus. The
whole orchestra wore matching blak tuxedos, but Jay wore a white
one, and that is what we call attention to detail.’
‘Musically, Reasonable Doubt is a lush and
restrained piece of work, and the orchestra sounded amazing
playing this stuff, building the swells of the songs without
cluttering up the beats too much.’
More importantly, the orchestra (Jay kept calling
them the "Hustler Symphony Orchestra") wasn't there
as stunt casting. It wasn't like the violin players would just
hit a couple of notes every song and let the DJ do the rest
of the work; every instrument was fully integrated into the
show. Even the harp.’
posted on 29/6/2006 22:37