Either Orchestra: More Beautiful Than Death
The set begins with Amiak Abet Abet which uses a Phrygian scale as a basis for it's written material, that is predicated on a repetitive tonic vamp which serves as a foundation for some interesting improvisations from Tom Halter and Jaleel Shaw. The Title cut begins at rubato pace, and builds into a medium- swing, featuring some marvelous twists and turns within it's orchestrations. All Those Sobs is nothing but a good old-fashioned blues played at medium-slow tempo, serving as a spotlight for Tom Halter's bright and bluesy trumpet. The set closes with The Eighth Wonder , a funky groove with an unexpected cadence. The electric piano on this cut is surely a blast from the past; bringing back fond memories of Cannonball's group with Joe Zawinul.
The music on this disc brings together all of those critical elements needed to make a good jazz record: honesty and integrity, strength and conviction; not to mention pure heart and soul. It is highly recommended to those who want to listen -simultaneously- to where jazz has been in the past, as well as where it is going in the future.
Track Listing: Amiak Abet Abet; Number Three; More Beautiful Than Death; Musicawi Silt; Breaktime For Dougo; All Those Sob's; Slow Mambo For JJ; Feker Aydelmway; The Eighth Wonder
Personnel: Tom Halter, Colin Fisher (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joel Yennior (trombone); Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone); Russ Gershon (tenor, soprano saxophone); Charlie Kohlhase (baritone saxophone); Dan Kaufman (electric & acoustic pianos, organ); Rick McLaughlin (bass); Harvey Wirht (drums); Vincent Lebron (percussion)