Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

126

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: In, Thru, And Out

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: In, Thru, And Out The exotic title track for this big band recording opens the album with a bang. Screeching trumpets, growling trombones, and a whistling piccolo create a jungle scene that allows for the merging of contemporary orchestral music with those timbres most familiar to a big band. Individual cadenzas weave between powerful ensemble statements. Composers David Harris, Darrell Katz, Laura Andel and Warren Senders express their thoughts with the world’s music at hand.

Later, pieces that reflect mystical journeys through time, and foreboding landscapes from distant lands, appear to light the sparks of our imagination. The orchestra’s collage of improvised thoughts carries you around the world. Riverdance and boogie-woogie join spiritual and sacred music with a natural ease. They’re linked here for eternity.

Katz’s suite for Julius Hemphill brings collective improvisation and swing to the forum. Keiichi Hashimoto and Mike Peipman provide delicious trumpet work, and Norm Zocher adds a fiery guitar solo to “Texas.” Piccolo and trombone get together on a classic contrast of parallel voices, before David Harris and Bob Pilkington stretch out on an inspiring romp. Swinging slowly and deliberately, the band honors Hemphill with unique passages that swing.

What’s missing from the session is that part which matters the most: a theme. Melodies pop in and out, soloists give it their all, the musical arrangements deal in pianissimo as well as fortissimo effects, but the total picture rambles from north, south, east and west without ever establishing a foundation. This is modern music with a dramatic flair and a sizable swing attitude. But it covers a lot of territory.

Rebecca Shrimpton’s lyrical interpretation on “The Red Blues” stands apart for the heartfelt passion that she displays.

Elsewhere, the orchestra runs amok with its anxious instrumental improvisations. Collective displays of individual impressions invite each band member to pour forth with something different. Usually, that amounts to screeching and screaming with rambunctious rhythms alongside. Creative improvisation offers freedom. Sometimes, it’s a little too much freedom.


Track Listing: In, Thru, and Out; El Tiempo; Hemphill (a four-movement suite that includes Texas, Perfumed Globes, The Red Blues, and Red Blue); Bats; Caruaru; The Metric Dozens; Testify.

Personnel: Hiro Honshuku- flute; Jim Hobbs, Jeff Hudgins- alto saxophone; Phil Scarff- tenor saxophone; Hans Indigo- baritone saxophone; Mike Peipman, Keiichi Hashimoto- trumpet; Jim Mosher- French horn; Bob Pilkington, David Harris- trombone; Jim Gray- tuba; Art Bailey- piano; Norm Zocher- guitar; Rick McLaughlin- bass; Rich Greenblatt- vibraphone; Harvey Wirth- drums; Taki Masuko- percussion; Rebecca Shrimpton- vocal on

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Cadence Jazz Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
Read Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival CD/LP/Track Review Live At Vilnius Jazz Festival
Read Stinger CD/LP/Track Review Stinger
Read Binary CD/LP/Track Review Binary
Read Piano Song CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
Read "Windows" CD/LP/Track Review Windows
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
Read "Cuts" CD/LP/Track Review Cuts
Read "Arrhythmia" CD/LP/Track Review Arrhythmia

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!