Thursday, January 12, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

Artist:The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Album:The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

This 1968 album is a must for avant garde jazz fans. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra started out as a way to raise funds for the Jazz Composers Guild. The orchestra was founded by Austrian trumpeter Michael Mantler and his wife Carla Bley. When the Jazz Composers Guild closed in 1966, Mantler and Bley founded the non-profit organization Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association (JCOA). This 1968 album was the first produced by the JCOA. Mantler wrote, produced and conducted the album. And he put together an all star band of avant garde jazz elite led by pianist Cecil Taylor. Other musicians are Gato Barbieri, Lew Tabackin, George Barrow and Pharaoh Sanders on tenor sax, Steve Lacy, Steve Marcus and Al Gibbons on soprano sax, Jimmy Lyons, Bob Donovan, Gene Hull and Frank Wess on alto sax, Charles Davis on baritone sax, Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, Randy Brecker, Stephen Furtado and Lloyd Michaels on flugelhorn, Jimmy Knepper and Roswell Rudd on trombone, Jack Jeffers on bass trombone, Howard Johnson on tuba, Bob Northern and Julius Watkins on French horn, Carla Bley on piano, Larry Coryell on guitar, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, Steve Swallow, Reggie Johnson, Alan Silva, Kent Carter, Bob Cunningham, Charlie Haden and Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille and Beaver Harris on drums. That's an all star band for the ages. The Jazz Composer's Orchestra continued in various forms until 1975 but this is the one album that is a must. In recent years Mantler has attempted to revive The Jazz Composer's Orchestra as Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update. Stick to the original. Here's a video for Communications#10 by The Jazz Composer's Orchestra.

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