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ingrid jensen , trumpet; donny mccaslin, soprano & tenor sax, alto flute; tom beckham, vibes; dave ambrosio, bass;george schuller, drums, cymbals and things you shake.
with special guests:
pete mccann, guitar; matt darriau, kaval & bass clarinet; sonny barbato, accordian.
recorded at the studio, new york, march & april 2002
all compositions by george schuller (schulldog music/bmi) except where noted.
|Finally, after four years of regular live performances, this elastic quintet makes its recorded debut on the Playscape Recording label, documenting what AllAboutJazz calls their "rigorous, unpredictable approach to group improvisation." Entitled Round'bout Now, the new release pays tribute to Miles Davis' pre-fusion transitional period, as documented on records like Circle in the Round, Filles de Kilimanjaro, Water Babies and In A Silent Way. As in his other groups, Schuller's inclusive compositions and arrangements provide the ideal framework for the improvisational abilities of his talented collaborators. Along with the regular members of the quintet, special guests include Pete McCann on guitar, Matt Darriau on kaval and bass clarinet, and Sonny Barbato on accordian.|
REVIEWS & COMMENTS
"The thing that makes this date magical is the way the horns often float above the vibes/bass/drums, moving in exquisite waves together ... This is a fine date that simmers and sizzles nicely without ever getting too intense, yet remains engaging throughout." Bruce Gallanter/Downtown Music Gallery (Dec. 19, 2003)
"Roundbout Now succeeds in capturing the essence of a more or less overlooked period in Miles evolution. Thoughtful, articulate and inspired, Schuller and the group clearly understand the way in which Miles was carefully pushing things in new directions. And, like Miles, while they incorporate inspirations from other sources, their take is altogether unique; this is an album that, without being aggressive about it, pushes the boundaries of group improvisation." John Kelman/AllAboutJazz (Jan. 2004)