|NEW CD released by ECM Records|
words by Michael Mantler
of all compositions available
listen to selected excerpts
COMMENT C'EST (
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I have always wanted to simply create music that is beautiful and that perhaps reveals something that might be deep within us all. Yet, with this music, in particular, I hope not only to touch those elusive feelings but also to more concretely tell How It Is.
JAZZ COMPOSER'S ORCHESTRA UPDATE
the process of digitizing various old scores, Michael Mantler re-acquainted
himself with some of his earliest compositions, in particular the material
from his classic, ground-breaking 1968 double-album The
Jazz Composer's Orchestra which had featured such icons as Cecil Taylor,
Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Larry Coryell and Gato Barbieri
as "free jazz" soloists within the context of a large jazz orchestra.
Only some of these compositions
were performed live, in 1969 at the Electric
Circus in New York.
|More information (including complete personnel, scores, audio excerpts and an interview with Michael Mantler) here.|
The complete program as it appears on the CD was performed live during 2015 at the Moers Festival and again at the Lisbon Jazz in August Festival (with the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos). Another performance took place at the German Jazzfestival Frankfurt (this time with the hr-Bigband) and an excerpt can be seen on YouTube. The project was again presented with the Nouvelle Cuisine Bigband at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam during July 2016.
last updated: November 3 , 2017