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A large ensemble melding jazz, rock, klezmer, cartoon and the avant-garde into a compelling and cohesive whole, led by Sam Eastmond the Spike Orchestra is dedicated to creating new music and exploring the conceptual limits of the big band, taking what is possible and stretching it to breaking point. Originating in 2012 as a series of workshop sessions by composers Eastmond and Nikki Franklin and inspired by John Zorn's conceptual approach to the rock band with his Naked City project, Carl Stalling, JG Thirlwell and the New York Downtown scene as well as the more obvious big band works of Ellington, Gil Evans and Carla Bley the band has evolved into a formidable studio project. Early experiments and live shows led to a move away from standalone pieces and a pursuit of longer more cohesive works explored in live and early recording experiments


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Meet Jerome Wilson

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I currently live in: Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC with my five cats, Chloe, Panther, Donovan, Felicia, and Gabriel. I joined All About Jazz in: 2016 Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I was a reader and fan of All About Jazz and I admired the ...


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The Spike Orchestra and John Zorn's "The Book Beriah"

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Sam Eastmond is the composer, arranger, and trumpet player best known for his work as bandleader and co-founder of the Spike Orchestra. That UK based large ensemble has released two studio albums to date, Ghetto on their own label followed by Cerberus as part of a collaboration with the legendary John Zorn on his Masada Book ...


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All That's Jazz

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All That's Jazz Sammy Stein 198 Pages ISBN: 13: 978-0-9557670-9-8 Tomahawk Press 2017 Sammy Stein is a brave woman. Take that title--not just a riff on “All That Jazz" to cover a personal memoir of time spent in the jazz trenches but ALL that IS jazz. This is a ...


Spike Orchestra: Ghetto

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Life Before; Construction; Life After; Child Smugglers; Underground; Life Inside; Starvation; Trains; Pesach 1943; Uprising.


The Spike Orchestra: Cerberus (Book of Angels - Volume 26)

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2015
Track listing: Gehegial; Hakha; Hananiel; Lahal; Armasa; Thronus; Shinial; Donel; Raguel; Pahadron.


Article: Extended Analysis

The Spike Orchestra: Cerberus (Book of Angels - Volume 26)

Read "The Spike Orchestra: Cerberus (Book of Angels - Volume 26)" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Taking inspiration from the divine is a tough sell. Get it wrong and it can appear sacrilegious or insulting to the faithful; too devout and our largely secular society turns away. In the past the poet William Blake was famously beaten by his own mother when he claimed to have had angelic visions at the age ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Spike Orchestra: Ghetto

Read "Spike Orchestra: Ghetto" reviewed by Phil Barnes

What does it mean to make jazz records halfway through the second decade of the 21st Century? Can there still be a place at the cutting edge for an art form whose commercial peak was in the 1950s and which the majority of the population still associate with the middle of the road vocal records of ...


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