May, June 1968
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silver-boxed Jazz Composer's Orchestra double album ......... was one
of the most important jazz records in the Sixties ..... some of the most
remarkable music of the last decade....
within a framework of truly impressive free form compositions by Michael
Mantler, the soloists perform at the very peak of their musical gifts........By
any standard of musical excellence, it is a masterpiece.
is the most forceful sustained performance that Taylor has recorded, and
one of his very best as well.
a towering orchestra response from the new music - the complete and hard
burn. This is something that anyone interested in contemporary music and
thought can't be without. All these forceful movers are channeled toward
utter excitation, with a sound so much of now that it turns you around,
cuts you deeply and stirs you as nothing before ... Michael Mantler, already
an overwhelming mind at the age of 25, has made all this a reality (he's
musical director of JCOA). Mike has built meaningful masterworks as features
for his soloists; his scores seem intuitive, propelling and cushioning
the players. The compositions overflow with the exciting and the unexpected.
music heralds a new stylistic current, which might have a powerful influence
not only on the future of jazz but on the future of the whole of contemporary
record is a stunning musical success....
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(International Critics Poll 1968 - JAZZ & POP)
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