Friday, April 12, 2013
BARRY GUY / LONDON JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA – Double Trouble Two (1998)
Label: Intakt Records – Intakt CD 053
Format: CD, Album; Country: Switzerland - Released: 1998
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded December 19,1995 at Rote Fabrik Zürich, Switzerland
Artwork By [Cover Art] – Gottfried Honegger
Artwork By [Cover Layout] – Eugen Bisig; Liner Notes – Ulrich Stock
Mastered By – Barry Guy, Maya Homburger
Photography – Karin Hofer
Producer – Patrik Landolt, Rosmarie A. Meier
Recorded By – Peter Pfister
Personnel: Philipp Wachsmann (violin); Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Simon Picard, Trevor Watts (reeds); Henry Lowther (trumpet); Marc Charig (cornet); Chris Bridges, Alan Tomlinson (trombone); Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell (piano); Pierre Favre, Paul Lytton (drums).
By the time of this recording, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra had produced an exemplary collection of recordings, captured by the adventurous Swiss label, Intakt. Each of them features some of the leading British jazz improvisers in wildly ecstatic and creative settings, all composed and arranged by bassist Barry Guy. Like the others, this one, too, is filled with remarkable moments, particularly the performances by pianists Irène Schweizer and Marilyn Crispell, who are both guests on the recording. (Both Crispell and Schweizer have recorded with the orchestra before, but never together.) The ensemble work borders on the spectacular. Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, and Pierre Favre (as a third guest) are very good, and devotees of the group will want this in their collection.
_ By STEVE LOEWY (AMG)
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