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An All Star Group That Really WORKS,
This review is from: SF Jazz Collective (Audio CD)
SFJazz is a wonderful interesting cd in the collaborative spirit of Mingus and the more recent Dave Holland Group. The heroes are the compositions and arrangements. The band indulges in group improvisation, colors and shading and point counterpoint rather than the individual solos and the head. It works and it works very well. I've been pretty leary of "all star" meetings lately with the awful Saxaphone Summitt, Directions in Music and Wayne Shorter's terribly overated and incoherent all star band in Footprints Live and Beyond the Sound Barrier that have been puffed up by critics and loving fans of the individual personalities. Too often excellent players are playing excellently just not with each other. The SF Jazz Collective works because it is "a band" in a similar way that the fantastic collaborations within the Jazz Composer's Collective[Ben Allison,Ted Nash, Michael Blake,etc.] shine bright in modern jazz. The MVP's of this team seem to be the interesting compositions by Miguel Zenon [also great in his cd Jibaro]and the wonderful Bobby Hutcherson. They contribute the best compositions along with 3 quirky Ornette Coleman tunes. I seem to only enjoy Coleman's tunes when they're not played by Ornette. All the players contribute and all the tunes work to varying degrees. By the way as a "live " concert the sound and mix is fantastic. Congrats to Joshua and the gang for an experiment that was a terrific sucess. Reccommended.