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The Turning Gate

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: The Turning Gate; New (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego); David and Goliath; Once; Bad Alchemy; The Faith Suite (In the Beginning; Twilight; The Doubtful; Panic); Onward.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intricate compositions often provide the best substrate for complex and satisfying improvisation. This holds true for the New Jazz Composer's Octet's The Turning Gate, which includes five short compositions and one long suite made up of six movements. Each piece serves as a vehicle for group interplay and interpretation, and as a platform for one or ...

The Turning Gate

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: The Turning Gate; New; David and Goliath; Once; Bad Alchemy; The Faith Suite (I; In the Beginning; II; Twilight; III; The Doubtful; IV; Panic); Onward.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Greg Camphire

From the first track on The Turning Gate, it's obvious that the New Jazz Composers Octet has spent considerable quality time together since their founding in 1996. The sheer number of hours spent writing, arranging, and playing material has strengthened this fresh ensemble into a superior example of jazz excellence. With each member working at the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by J Hunter

Good support players can add color and depth to the vision of almost any artist; the right supporting cast can help a leader move in innumerable creative directions--witness the many phases of Dave Douglas. But what if a support player has a vision to share with the world? That was trumpeter David Weiss' motivation for founding ...

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The New Jazz Composers Octet: The Turning Gate

Read "The Turning Gate" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader David Weiss has been a fixture on the New York scene since returning to the city of his birth after graduating from North Texas State. Leader of the long-running  New Jazz Composers Octet, Weiss continues to evolve. The Turning Gate, the third album from the NJCO, though ...


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