Masashi Harada: Condanction Ensemble (1999)
With the piece titled, “The Whipping Or String Of Lava”, we are treated to trumpeter Greg Kelley’s fiery, raspy throated phrasing in concert with steely-edged strings and stormy patterns while electric guitarist Phil Tomasic emits ghoulish lines amid bizarre choral sequences and farcical theatrics on “Tomasic Concerto”. Overall, Harada’s concepts and applied theories work rather nicely as the music signifies a great deal more than the tried and true.
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Track Listing: 1) Kropotkin vs Huxley 2) Voices 3) Giacinto 4) Clarity Beneath The Cloud 5) Expulsion Of The Triumphant Beast 6) The Whipping Or String Of Lava 7) Cut Off 8) Tomasic Concerto 9) Bells
Personnel: Greg Kelley; trumpet: Tucker Dulin; trombone: Christian Pincock; trombone (8-9): Eric Carlson; tuba (1-7): Bhob Rainey; soprano saxophone: Aleta Cole; violin (1-7): Dan Levin; cello (1-7): Mike Bullock; double bass: Phil Tomasic; electric guitar: Masashi Harada; condanction
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz