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On guard! Violinists duel
by Urvi Doshi

The virtuous sounds of two violin
greats, Pinchas Zuckerman and
*Itzhak Perlman, will float through
Hill Auditorium tonight. Pianist
Jonathan Feldman will join the two
in an evening of duets. As well as
performing on the violin, Zucker-
man will perform on the viola.
Zuckerman's mastery in the mu-
*sic world is recognized through his
accomplishments as a violinist, vio-
list, conductor, teacher, chamber
-musician and champion of young
'artists. He began his serious music
career in his native Israel at age
eight. With the help of music greats
Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, he was
able to come to America and study at
the Julliard School under the guid-
ance of Ivan Galamian. Zuckerman
:set the stage for his solo career in
1967 when he won First Prize in the
25th Leventritt International Compe-
tition Starting this year, Zuckerman
'*began a three-year appointment as
Principal Guest Conductor of the
Dallas Symphony Orchestra's new
international Music Festival. Cele-
brated as a musician of uncompro-
mising commitment, Pinchas Zuck-
erman 's versatility on the violin and
viola does not diminish the skill he
displays on either instrument. His
brilliant tone is made brighter with
the technical skill of the flawless
left-hand vibrato.
Itzhak Perlman's combination of
talent, charm and humanity is recog-
nized by world-wide audiences. His
style of playing is unique. The many
facial expressions and body move-
ments convey the emotional moods
of the pieces to the audience. Also
from Israel, Perlman made his Amer-
ican debut on The Ed Sullivan Show

Pinchas Zuckerman and his violin will interact with co-star Itzhak
Perlman and his violin tonight at Hill Auditorium.

in 1958. Following his studies at
the Julliard School under Ivan
Galamian and Dorthy DeLay, he
won the prestigious Leventritt
Competition in 1964. He recently
recorded the Shostakovich First
Concerto and Concerto under the
baton of Zubin Mehta with the Israel
Philharmonic. In 1987, Perlman
joined the Israel Philharmonic for an
unprecedented Western performance
in the Eastern Bloc cities of Bu-
dapest and Warsaw.
The program tonight will include
Bach's Sonata in C Major for Two
Violins and Piano, Prokofiev's
Sonata for Two Violins Op. 56,
Mozart's Duos in G and B-flat Ma-
jor, both for violin and viola, and
Moszkowski's Suite for Two Violins
and Piano, Op. 71. The Bach Sonata
displays a fine counterpoint between
the two battling violins, showcasing

the technical skills of the
performers. The second piece by
Prokofiev is a sharp contrast to the
first. The piece lacks the virtuosic
show of the two rapid movements of
the Bach. Mozart's Duos showcase
the cute grace notes characteristic of
Mozart music, allowing the per-
formers some latitude in interpreta-
tion. The final Suite of Moszkowski
is a loose assembly of movements.
The first movement takes the form
of a sonata, while the last movement
enables the two violins to return to
the counterpoint with which they
began the concert.

Eric B. and Rakim
Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em
MCA
The word is that Eric B. and
Rakim really aren't back in this
motherfucker again. The allegations
seem to imply that the coldest
S.O.B. in rap hasn't really lost it,
but that he's back, way far back -
completely left behind, in fact.
When Follow the Leader was re-
leased back in '88, I remember feel-
ing shortchanged. But now, there's
no disputing that the dynamic duo
had merely fooled me by changing
the times rather than changing with
the times. The best way to approach
this LP is with a clean slate.
Almost four months after its
initial release, Let the Rhythm Ilit
'Em is a definitive statement of its
times. The title track is a reaffirma-
tion of the past into the future -
the D.J. comes first. Eric B. is one
who has clearly learned from the
Bomb Squad with his increasingly
dense onslaught of assorted sound
and noise. Near the end of "Let the
Rhythm Hit 'Em" when Eric B.
pulls all the stops, you can hear
wah-wahs and squeals stripping away
to let the bass kick. This track,
along with "In the Ghetto," is com-
prehensively about stripping down.
"What's the higher level if your shit
ain't real?" asked Brother J from X-
Clan this summer. Like the J.B.'s
Done By the Forces of Nature,
Rakim is suggesting that we all cast
off our collective masque of civility
and chill. Sometimes man is smarter
than himself.
"In the Ghetto" just lounges so
strong that it glows with a collective
attitude and funk: "I thought the
ghetto was the worst that could hap-
pen to me/ I'm glad I listened when
my father was rappin' to me/ 'cause
back in the days, they lived in caves/
exiled from the Original Man in
slave ways!now that's what I call
hard times/ I'd father be here, exer-
cisin' my mind." Rakim's ,lessons
are post-learned here; he was drop-
ping science about triple stage dark-
ness and 360 degrees back when the
J.B. horn line first re-emerged with
"I Ain't No Joke" in '87. The other.
big surprise here, "Mahogany," is
equally psychotropic with its Beat-
lesque textural distortions. Another

hidden ballad like De La Soul's "Eye
Know," "Mahogany" is about a
woman, and obviously a macedo-
cious one to break the ice of the R:
"She kissed me slow, but you know
how a kiss can go/ fucked around and
missed the show."
Touchable only by Chuck D., Ice
Cube and Big Daddy Kane, Rakim is
a covert evolutionary who
singlehandedly defines rap itself. He
was never a teacher, although his
Muslim rhetoric did open minds in
the past. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em is
particularly understated, with its po-
litical statements far and between.
To understand it, take this verse to
heart, "Ideas for the ear to fear might
split 'em/ they'll never forget 'em,
here, rest in peace with 'em/ at least
when he left, he'll know what hit
him/ the last breath of the word of
death - was the rhythm."
-Forrest Green III
Blues Traveler
Blues Traveler
A&M
Already quite popular within the
New York area Deadhead crowd,
Blues Traveler has built up a cult
following over the last year that has
made them too big for the clubs.
With the jams on their debut album,
they should now be able to build
their reputation at a national level.
Even though the band's '60s influ-
enced insignia and cover art might
suggest neo-psychedelia pretension,
there is none of that here. It's just an
hour of stripped down rock 'n' roll.
The opening cut, "But Anyway,"
which has already received some air-
play, proves that an interesting
funky riff can be constructed over
only two chords. This song, as well
as the remainder of the album, fea-
tures vocalist/harmonica player John
Popper, who plays a harp as well as

Paul Butterfield or Junior Wells and
has a voice similar to Corey Glover
of Living Colour, the last great band
to break out of the New York club
scene. Behind him, the trio is so
tight and capable that they are able
to orchestrate time and tempo
changes flawlessly without sacrific-
ing any of their music's soul.
Other standouts include
"Dropping Some NYC," which is
built around a metaphor of New
York as a hallucinogenic drug, and
"Mulling It Over," which sounds a
lot like Living Colour's "Middle
Man." This record should not only
give Blues Traveler the recognition
they deserve, but put them in con-
tention with the Black Crowes for
the best R&B/ hard rock band of the
year.
-Andy Cahn
Skinny Puppy
Worlock (12")
Nettwerk/Capital
Something old, something new,
something remixed, all of it blue
make up the latest release from
Canada's Skinny Puppy. The mas-
ters of synthesizers, gloom and
doom have exited the studios with
this second single from their sixth
album, Rabies, firmly in hand.
The first of the four tracks on
this 12 inch are the extended and al-
bum versions of "Worlock," which
is arguably the best track from Ra-
bies. Of course, there are the pulsing
and whirling synths that we've come
to know and love. Yet in the midst
of all of this are strings which are
actually electronically combined
with Nivek Ogre's voice to become
one sound. This resulting sound is
neither a voice or strings but a com-
bination that is almost soothing to
listen to.
See RECORDS, Page 8

PINCHAS ZUCKERMAN and
ITZHAK PERLMAN will appear
tonight with Jonathan Feldman at
Hill Auditorium, at 8 p.m. The show
is sold out.

TREES
Continued from page 5
supporters, based on earlier shows.
And, for the record, only Holster and
the band's road manager want to get
laid.
THE SCREAMING TREES open for
ASOCIAL DISTORTION tonight at
the Blind Pig. Doors open at 9:30.
Get your tickets at Ticketmaster
and Schoolkids for $10.50
p.e.s.c.). Cover at the door is $13.

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