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Intakt CD 035 (Double CD)

Throughout its quarter-century existence, the LONDON JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA has responded anew to the challenges of existence. It has stalked a categorical nether-zone between big-band, jazz orchestra, and large-scale improvisers’ ensemble. In Portraits we find Barry Guy and the LONDON JAZZ COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA bringing all these years of investigation to bear on the current score, along with newfound interests in the subsets and intrasections of the band, the integration of outside material, and in discovering new and exciting ways to single out, characterize, and highlight the members of the band. In the end, it is a piece full of joy and grief, tension and resolution, productive conflict and resolute individualism. It contains stylistically polyglot music that will surprise some and delight many. It will / should draw new listeners to the band.

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released January 1, 1994

Barry Guy: Bass/Director
Henry Lowther: Trumpet
Marc Charig: Cornet
Jon Corbett: Trumpet
Paul Rutherford: Trombone
Radu Malfatti: Trombone
Alan Tomlinson: Trombone
Steve Wick: Tuba
Trevor Watts: Reeds
Evan Parker: Reeds
Simon Picard: Reeds
Peter McPhail: Reeds
Paul Dunmall: Reeds
Phil Wachsmann: Violin
Howard Riley: Piano
Barre Phillips: Bass
Paul Lytton: Drums/Perc

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