The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (album)


The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (album)
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Studio album by Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Released 1968
Recorded January - July, 1968
Genre Jazz
Length 73:40
Label ECM
Jazz Composer's Orchestra chronology
Communication
(1965)
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
(1968)
Relativity Suite
(1973)
Cecil Taylor chronology
Student Studies
(1966)
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
(1968)
Praxis
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (also referred to as Communications) is a double album from the Jazz Composer's Orchestra recorded over a period of six months with the Austrian trumpeter Michael Mantler as a leader and producer.[2] Many of the key figures in avant-garde jazz from the time contributed on the album including Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, Roswell Rudd, Charlie Haden and Carla Bley, who was Mantler's wife at the time.

The album's finale features a two part concerto for Cecil Taylor and orchestra of which Brian Owelnick's Allmusic states "The breadth of this piece, its expansiveness, and its tension between order and chaos is one of the single high watermarks of avant-garde jazz. Communications is a masterwork in and of itself and laid the basis for stunning work by others in decades hence, notably Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composer's Orchestra. It's an essential document for anyone interested in avant jazz and late-20th century creative music"[3]

Track listing

All tracks by Michael Mantler.

  1. "Communications #8" – 14:03
  2. "Communications #9" – 8:14
  3. "Communications #10" – 13:42
  4. "Preview" – 3:29
  5. "Communications #11" (part 1) – 15:32
  6. "Communications #11" (part 2) – 18:14

Personnel

  • Timothy Marquand – liner notes
  • Paul McDonough – artwork, cover design

References

  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011 [last update]). "Communications - Jazz Composer's Orchestra | AllMusic". allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r141536. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ ECM Catalogue accessed August 11, 2010
  3. ^ Owelnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed 10 July 2009

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