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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Eight players does not a big band make, but The New World Jazz Composers Octet is a light ensemble offering an assertive sound reminiscent of a big band production. Boasting a cadre of educators and first-rate musicians, the group manages powerful orchestrations employing an exciting horn section, lively percussion and blistering piano work from Tim Ray ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Established in 2000, in the spirit of the Mingus Jazz Workshop, the New World Jazz Composer's Octet sounds more like an orchestra than a group of eight musicians. On its third release, Breaking News, the octet showcases six contemporary composers affiliated with the ensemble.

The music is intricate and well-constructed, with hints of ...

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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

The New World Jazz Composers Octet thrives on the old school idea of jazz composition as conduit to great jazz performance, and its third album, Breaking News, puts theory to practice from the outset with Matthew Nicholl's “Poco Picasso." The jutting melodic angles and tightly orchestrated front line arrest on their own merits, while also spurring ...

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The New World Jazz Composers Octet: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The best of jazz generally ensures that there is a leader, a composition, or at least an agreed upon theme that holds the work together, and herein lies the conundrum of The New World Jazz Composers Octet's Transitions.

Musical egalitarianism is one of the hallmarks of jazz--the notion that everyone has an opportunity to make ...