Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses - Solidarity (CD Quality FLAC)
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Record one "Solidarity"
MATT LAVELLE - cornet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet, conduction
LEE ODOM - soprano saxophone and clarinet
CHARLES WATERS - alto saxophone and clarinet
RAS MOSHE BURNETTE - tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, bells
TIM STOCKER - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
MARY CHERNEY - flute, piccolo
CLAIRE de BRUNNER - bassoon
LAURA ORTMAN - violin
GIL SELINGER - cello
ANDERS NILSSON - guitar
JACK DeSALVO - banjo, mandola
CHRIS FORBES - piano
JOHN PIETARO - vibraphone, percussion
FRANÇOIS GRILLOT - double-bass
RYAN SAWYER - drums
ANAÏS MAVIEL - voice
Matt Lavelle's compositional focus is on wide-ranging improvising from not only master jazz players like Ras Moshe and Charlie Waters, but pioneering players on traditionally classical instruments including Clair de Brunner on bassoon and Gil Selinger on cello. These seemingly disparate worlds live together in harmolodic comfort and explosive musicality that is also simultaneously big band and improvising chamber orchestra.
Lavelle's familiarity with his band allows his music to present each instrumentalist's radiance to shine through. What's most important, though, is this band/orchestra/constellation swings and grooves whether they're taking you to Alpha Centuri or New Orleans.