Anti-Smooth Jazz: Large Ensembles, Congregations, Orchestras

A Listmania! list by greg taylor (Portland, Oregon United States)
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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."
Space Is the Place
1.  Space Is the Place by Sun Ra
The list author says:
  "Sun Ra and the Arkestra. One of the greatest innovators of the tradition. Who else would I start with?"
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The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady
2.  The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus
The list author says:
  "Except maybe Charles Mingus. For me, Mingus is the source. His large groupings set the standard."
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Hearinga Suite
3.  Hearinga Suite by Muhal Richard Abrams
The list author says:
  "Muhal Richard Abrams- One of the founders of the AACM and an important innovator in ensemble musics."
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The Seeker
4.  The Seeker by Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Since the early 70s these guys have been rethinking the tradition including swing, Mancini, Coltrane and the border between noise and music. Good stuff."
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Fleur Carnivore
5.  Fleur Carnivore by Carla Bley
The list author says:
  "Carla Bley. One of the finest composers/ arrangers for big bands for the last thirty years."
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Howdy
6.  Howdy by Bik Bent Braam
The list author says:
  "Michiel Braam and Bik Bent Braam. If you appreciate my lists, buy me a copy of this so I can put in something more relevant."
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Creative Orchestra Music 1976
7.  Creative Orchestra Music 1976 by Anthony Braxton
The list author says:
  "Anthony Braxton and Creative Orchestra Musics. Redefining the genre on this recording and on a 1978 recording. Great music."
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The Parrot
8.  The Parrot by Willem Breuker
The list author says:
  "The Willem Breuker Kollektief. Honesty demands that this is one I have not heard. The CDs I have heard are great and easily available from the BVHaast site."
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Monk's Moods
9.  Monk's Moods by Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra with Steve Lacy
The list author says:
  "Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra. A superb and relatively recent band. Also check out the Far East Suite."
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Jo
10.  Jo by Satoko Fujii
The list author says:
  "Satoko Fujii. Another great and evolving composer. Make sure to keep an ear out for Double Take which has both the East and West version of her large band."
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Globe Unity '67-'70 (1967/70)
11.  Globe Unity '67-'70 (1967/70) by Alexander von Schlippenbach
The list author says:
  "The Globe Unity Orchestra. Maybe the earliest of the European free jazz orchestras. Comprised of the cream of middle Europe's players."
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The Other Bridge (Oakland 1999)
12.  The Other Bridge (Oakland 1999) by The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble
The list author says:
  "Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble. Golia is a vastly underrated composer and arranger. This is a great recent outing for the Ensemble."
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Dream Keeper
13.  Dream Keeper by Charlie Haden
The list author says:
  "Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra! Consider the reed section: Ken McIntyre, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Dewey Redman. Yikes!"
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Japan Japon
14.  Japan Japon by ミシャ・メンゲルベルク&ICPオーケストラfeat.近藤等則
The list author says:
  "The Instant Composers Pool. Led by either Misha Mengleberg or Willem Breuker. Look for Jubilee Varia for a better offering."
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Live In Noci And Rive-De Gier
15.  Live In Noci And Rive-De Gier by Italian Instabile Orchestra
The list author says:
  "The Italian Instabile Orchestra. Like I would forget these guys. Maybe the most democratic of the bands with an insanely talented membership. See also the Open Music Orchestra of Stephano Maltese."
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Just Like This
16.  Just Like This by Keefe Jackson
The list author says:
  "Keefe Jackson leads twelve members of the new Chicago avant-garde in performances of his own music. Another outstanding Delmark release."
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Communications
17.  Communications by Jazz Composer's Orchestra
The list author says:
  "The Jazz Composers Orchestra playing the compositions of Michael Mantler and featuring Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Gato Barbieri, Phoaroh Sanders,  Larry Coryell. There will never be another like it."
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Cantos I-IV
18.  Cantos I-IV by Franz Koglmann
The list author says:
  "Franz Koglmann and the Pipetet. As a straddler between the worlds of modern classical and jazz, Koglmann may have no equal. See my review."
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Times of Devastation
19.  Times of Devastation by Klaus Konig Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Klaus Konig with an early 90's master work. This ensemble is amazing as well. I promise I will write a review soon."
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Theoria
20.  Theoria by David Moss
The list author says:
  "The London Jazz Composers Orchestra led by Barry Guy.  There may actually be too much music and too many ideas on this CD. Guy is a certifiable genius of form. See my review."
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What Is the Difference
21.  What Is the Difference by Miya Masaoka
The list author says:
  "Miya Masaoka and the Masaoka Orchestra- live recordings of two wonderfully diverse but organic compositions. This CD is a minor miracle.  See my review."
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We Are All From Somewhere Else
22.  We Are All From Somewhere Else by Exploding Star Orchestra
The list author says:
  "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."
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Composition / Improvisation Nos. 1, 2, & 3
23.  Composition / Improvisation Nos. 1, 2, & 3 by Roscoe Mitchell
The list author says:
  "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."
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Conduction 28/31
24.  Conduction 28/31 by Lawrence Butch Morris
The list author says:
  "Butch Morris and his ideas on conduction- the conductor as improvisor with the orchestra as his instrument. Also look for Roswell Rudd's conduction with the Nexus Orchestra on Seize the Time!"
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Hold the Elevator: Live in Europe & Other Haunts
25.  Hold the Elevator: Live in Europe & Other Haunts by Orange Then Blue
The list author says:
  "Orange Then Blue. Founded by George Schuller and Matt Darriau. The personnel over the years has been stellar. The music has been even better."
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Enchanted Messenger: Live From Berlin Jazz Festiva
26.  Enchanted Messenger: Live From Berlin Jazz Festiva by Tony Oxley
The list author says:
  "Tony Oxley and the Celebration Orchestra.  Superb ensemble and compositions- see my review."
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Boustrophedon
27.  Boustrophedon by Evan Parker
The list author says:
  "Evan Parker's companion work to the Mitchell release. Same great group recording on a different day. See my review."
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Coming About
28.  Coming About by Maria Schneider
The list author says:
  "Maria Schneider. Another great composer and arranger who consistently fronts a great band that gets to play together regularly."
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The Book Of The Storm
29.  The Book Of The Storm by Rob Reddy's Small Town
The list author says:
  "Rob conducts a 19 player orchestra on a four part suite of his own composing. Featuring among many notables, both Guillermo Brown and Pheeroan akLaff on drums."
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Crystals
30.  Crystals by Sam Rivers
The list author says:
  "Sam Rivers has never gotten his due as a creator of large structures. See also his more recent efforts like Inspiration."
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Creative Orchestra Music Chicago 2001
31.  Creative Orchestra Music Chicago 2001 by Scott Rosenberg
The list author says:
  "Scott Rosenblum. A fascinating recording by another emerging voice from the Chicago scene. See the reviews."
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Third Eye Orcherstra
32.  Third Eye Orcherstra by Hans Tammen
The list author says:
  "Hans Tammen uses over 100 composed sections as building blocks to be conducted into place along with individual performance variations and improvs by an all-star orchestra."
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Thoughts Of Dar Es Salaam
33.  Thoughts Of Dar Es Salaam by Horace Tapscott
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Big Band Project
34.  The Big Band Project by Gebhard Ullman
The list author says:
  "Gebhard Ullman on tenor and bass clarinet leading the NDR Big Band playing arrangements by Satoko Fujii among others. This is the music of the spheres."
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Artistry in Rhythm: European Suite
35.  Artistry in Rhythm: European Suite by Vienna Art Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Vienna Art Orchestra led by matthias ruegg. These guys are amazing and have many more albums than are listed on this site. Check out the web for availability."
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Ceremonies of Forgiveness
36.  Ceremonies of Forgiveness by Bobby Zankel
The list author says:
  "Bobby Zankel and an All-Philadelphia, all-powerful ensemble. Like Schneider's, Zankel gets to work his group out most weeks at a local club. It shows. See Nate's review."
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