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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 380) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0380.html . DIGITALLY REMASTERED. We're proud to offer one of the stone masterpieces of European jazz. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Globe Unity Orchestra convened an astonishing group of Europe's finest musicians (see below) plus Anthony Braxton! "Pearls" showcases the band's many modes, from the epic title track - which generates noir-ish dramatic tension through unusual groupings - to a passionate rendition of Monk's "Ruby, My Dear." Essential listening.
"The guests referred to in the title are Anthony Braxton and Enrico Rava. The 14 other musicians in the orchestra are some of the top names in free music: Albert Mangelsdorff, Paul Rutherford, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Paul Lovens, Alex Schlippenbach, etc. And the music these artists create is far removed from your standard 'big band' jazz. Worth many repeated listens." - Cadence
"Side one alone is worth the price of the record. An orchestra piece by Evan Parker, the charted sections are minimal. From the opening soprano saxophone solo by Parker to the closing ensemble, the piece resolves itself into open improvisation for one to four players, but most of the playing is by duos. Not only does this bring out the best in all of the excellent players involved, and initiate a fascinating movement of activity through the orchestra, but the piece fits its title perfectly: Every Single One Of Us Is A Pearl." - Coda
"The orchestra’s tenth anniversary album features the orchestra’s general fare – open interaction. The group explores pieces based on instructions or graphic notation, as well as arrangements of jazz standards, such as the powerful rendition of Thelonious Monk’s 'Ruby, My Dear.'" - Insider
Globe Unity Orchestra and Guests
Enrico Rava: trumpet
Manfred Schoof: trumpet
Kenny Wheeler: trumpet
Anthony Braxton: alto saxophone, clarinet
Peter Brötzmann: saxophones & clarinets
Rüdiger Carl: alto & tenor saxophone
Gerd Dudek: soprano & tenor saxophone
Evan Parker: soprano & tenor saxophone
Michel Pilz: bass clarinet
Günter Christmann: trombone
Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone
Paul Rutherford: trombone
Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano
Peter Kowald: double bass, tuba
Buschi Niebergall: double bass
Paul Lovens: drums
Recorded by Schuster/Wagner from November 25th to 27th, 1975, during the New Jazz Meeting (Ten Years Globe Unity Orchestra) at the Südwestfunk Studios in Baden-Baden.
Assistance by Schroeder/Koehler.
Supervision by Achim Hebgen.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Album produced by Alexander von Schlippenbach and Jost Gebers.
Cover design and photograph by Alexander von Schlippenbach, Dagmar and Jost Gebers.
Album note: This digital release contains the 1975 big band performances. The original LP of PEARLS also included the solo Schlippenbach song, "The Onliest - The Loneliest." This track can now be found on FMP CD 129, PIANO SOLO '77 [http://www.fmp-label.de/fmplabel/catalog2/fmpcd129.html].
Mary Halvorson's compositions make my head spin. As is so often the case with her work, here, she continues to twist and subvert conventional notions of melody and modality.
Her own playing is astonishingly deft, and the arrangements complex and inventive.
But there is a warmth here, too; a playful of spirit, a restlessness to continue to change and connect in new ways.
Halvorson isn't just a jazz innovator, she's fast becoming one of of the giants of new music. Michael Mueller
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