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Brandeis Jazz Festival Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All About Rosie
  2. Suspensions
  3. Transformation
  4. On Green Mountain
  5. All Set
  6. Revelations
  7. Dancing In The Dark
  8. I Love You
  9. 's Wonderful


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Gambit Spain
  • ASIN: B000AN025K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stephen Elman on January 3, 2007
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If you enjoy powerful and sophisticated music without worrying about what genre it falls in, get this recording.

Marketing this reissue as a Bill Evans release is understandable - Bill's performance on "All About Rosie" by itself is worth the price. But this is far more than a Bill Evans record. Bill was just one of the brilliant players in a small ensemble assembled to perform pieces that combined elements of formal composition and improvisation, ranging from completely-composed works to ones that allow great freedom to the players. The group includes saxophonists Hal McKusick (tenor) and John LaPorta (alto), trombonist Jimmy Knepper, trumpeters Art Farmer and Louis Mucci, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Joe Benjamin, drummer Teddy Sommer, and some of New York's best studio players on flute, bassoon, French horn and harp.

The recordings were made in June 1957, so the fiftieth anniversary of these performances is upon us - nonetheless, they sound incredibly contemporary.

Each work has much to recommend it. Four of them will pay back dozens of relistenings:

George Russell's "All About Rosie" is one of his consummate early achievements - it's so swinging, so tuneful, so seemingly effortless, so jazzy, and yet it has a three-movement form, carefully worked out themes based on a simple children's song motif, great contrapuntal writing (later stolen by Oliver Nelson for his arrangement of "Down By the Riverside"), and a masterful control of instrumental color. The solos are fine, but Evans's is beyond belief.
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The other reviewer has said it all. This music is beyond categorization. Certainly it is jazz, but back in the fifties there was a movement called "Third Stream" jazz, which tried to meld classical music with jazz. This CD is the best of that genre. Proof: after 50 years it sounds as fresh as the day it was written. The compositions and musicianship are impeccable and are a joy to listen to. Also, a challenge to listen to. Definitely not "smooth jazz", this music demands the listener pay attention to it. If he/she does, the rewards are endless. Shapero's "On Green Mountain" and Russell's "All About Rosie" are my personal favorites. Each composition has a different character, different personality, different attitude, almost like people.

Any lover of jazz HAS TO HAVE this CD. It is worth its weight in gold!
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The music is of interest to those looking for modern sounds from a big band.
The music is from a Brandeis University faculty composition recital.
While Bill Evans is only featured on some songs, his musicianship is apparent on this demanding material.
This is the only version of George Russell's "All About Rosie" and is worth the price of admission.
The pieces by Schilller, Mingus, and Giuffre are also very fine.
The pieces by non-jazz academics Milton Babbit and Harold Shapero do not come off well.
A bonus in the form of an early Bill Evans appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival will Don Elloitt's group
is a very nice addition.
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By Presko on October 17, 2015
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One of the greatest piano solos in the jazz catalog. A fine collection overall.
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By JLH on April 8, 2015
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Excellent product and service
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