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Led by David Weiss on trumpet, New Jazz Composers Octet is a highly respected composers collective, which also served as the band for the late Freddie Hubbard for seven years. Their passionate rendering of groundbreaking compositions and arrangements retains firm roots in tradition and has established the group as an influential gathering of musicians.

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[This is the] sound of the new jazz mainstream. --The New York Times

[They] stretch hard bop's kind-of-unstretchable formula. --Village Voice

1. The Turning Gate
2. New (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
3. David and Goliath
4. Once
5. Bad Alchemy
6. The Faith Suite, Pt. 1: In the Beginning
7. The Faith Suite, Pt. 2: Twilight
8. The Faith Suite, Pt. 3: The Doubtful
9. The Faith Suite, Pt. 4: Panic
10. Onward (Intro)
11. Onward

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema Music
  • ASIN: B001FBSLM2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on March 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before Joshua Redman pulled together the first SF Jazz Collective octet, David Geiss pulled together the New Jazz Composer's Octet. Instead of A-lister's like Nicholas Payton or Brian Blade, trumpeter David Geiss is playing with veterans Myron Walden on alto, Jimmy Greene on tenor, Norbert Stachel on baritone, Steve Davis on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. So what does it sound like when a group of sidemen step up?

The title track, by Geiss, initially put me off because its melody resolves, or doesn't resolve, in an 80's way. I've grown to like it more after listening to it more. Similar to the way the SF Jazz Collective focuses on a composer like Wayne Shorter on each CD, "The Turning Gate" focuses on pianist Xavier Davis' Faith Suite. "New" is the first of six songs. It's midtempo, and not too distinctive, whereas "David And Goliath" turns up the heat. "Once" is a ballad by Dwayne Burno. "Bad Alchemy" is a knotty tempo-shifter. It's a cover of a progressive rock song by Henry Cow. The next four sections of the Faith Suite play with related melodies in different moods and volumes. Myron Walden's "Onward" closes the disc in nice fashion.

The playing and writing is pretty good - I'd give the edge to the playing - and this is a solid 4-star disc. If you get more than one jazz octet disc a year, you should consider "The Turning Gate".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LXO on January 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Awesome CD!!! I purchased it on the strength of a track "The New" I heard on a local Jazz radio station one day. If you're a true afficionado or just a casual lover of "Jazz" you'll really dig this cut. The first time I listened to the whole CD I felt like the previously mentioned cut was the only one I really liked. But then.. the more I listened and let it digest, I was like WOW! this joint is real. I'm very glad I decided to buy this CD! If you're even slightly feeling my words, buy this piece! You won't be disappointed! There will be something on it for YOU ;)-

Peeese.
Mr. J.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bernhardt on February 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This was a gift and I found it to be breathtaking and was riveted from the start. ONCE is devastatingly soulful. The trumpet on this CD is hypnotic and sensual. I agree with the first reviewer - this is the real deal. The more you listen the more you hear and discover....
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By De Debil on April 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Shoob-a-doop doop! Dis album will chill you out like you done smoked a pound of da ebil weed. Horns blowin' piano keys tinklin' wit a straight ahead drum thump. S'all good. Chillin' to dese tunes is like takin' a majic carpet ride. Fly on my musical brothamens . . .
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