Anti-Smooth Jazz: Large Ensembles, Congregations, Orchestras
A Listmania! list by greg taylor(Portland, Oregon United States)
The list author says: "Please feel free to send me ideas for this list. I am always willing to listen to the sound of large scaled somewhat contained chaos. Music like this will help us all get through to January of 2009 when hopefully someone other than a complete idiot will be taking the oath of office."
"Rob Mazurek's exciting new large group. Includes Jeff Parker, Jeb Bishop and John McIntire. Nicole Mitchell outstanding on flute. Not really free jazz, not really tied down to anything. Mazurek has these people on a musical romp that covers a lot or territory."
"An amazing 14 musician ensemble playing Roscoe Mitchell's brilliant compositions. This CD is a masterpiece that makes an argument for Mitchell being the most successful composer at combining free jazz and modern classical composition techniques."
"This is a place marker for Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan People's Arkestra. Nimbus West has recently reissued Live at I.U.C.C. which features not only Tapscott's magnificent piano but a great reed section that includes Michael Sessions, Jesse Sharps and a young Sabir Mateen. This is great music that is deeply rooted in community."