The Jazz Composer's Orchestra - The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Jan 11, 2023
Released in 1968 The Jazz Composer's Orchestra is by the Jazz supergroup of the same name. The album was recorded over 6 months, featuring Michael Mantler as the composer. It also features avant-garde jazz legends such as Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, Roswell Rudd, Carla Bley, Cecil Taylor. It also features the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band (Conducted by Cristoph Cech, Michael Mantler on the trumpet, Bjarne Roupe on guitar, Wolfgang Puschnig and Harry Sokal on sax, and David Helbock on piano). Critics declare this album as a masterpiece, saying that it is an essential listen for avant jazz and Rolling Stone called it the "Mount Olympus of contemporary jazz."

Holy hell this features a lot of people, specifically 38 members. This jazz album is fucking chaotic, I wouldn't expect anything less of an album labeled "free jazz" and experimental big band. The only other experience I have had with experimental big band is Charles Mingus' Black Saint and the Sinner Lady and Let My Children Hear Music (Both I gave perfect scores). Pharaoh Sanders KILLS IT on preview I mean holy shit, how one man can store that much breath in his lungs is beyong me. The love the creativity of this thing, it never got boring, and that's what I always want to see when listening to a jazz album... it's undoubedtly my favorite Jazz subgenre of all time, I can't not enjoy it.

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