Hollenbeck, John - Joys & Desires

SKU 28-ITN33862.2
Great big-band disc by John - best know to these readers as the leader of the great Claudia Quintet. Includes a couple of really great big-band re-workings of Claudia pieces! "Because of their sheer physical bulk and lethal defensive firepower, big bands have remained fundamentally immune to the jazz revolutions of the last sixty years. Bop, hard bop, cool, free, fusion, funked up, rocked out, astral, groove, and ecstatic... all the major reinventions have been created by smaller lineups. (Miles Davis's Birth Of The Cool band is the sole vanguard outfit to have been bigger than a sextet, and itself was only a nine-piece.) So when radicals like Sun Ra, Matthias Ruegg (leader of the Vienna Art Orchestra), or the eclectic world/jazz drummer John Hollenbeck come along, rejecting mainstream codification and reimagining everything, it's time to put out more flags. Hollenbeck delivered his big band manifesto with last year's A Blessing, and Joys & Desires follows in much the same direction. At its best it's a visceral, fiercely elemental concoction. Rhythmic expression is at the core; harmonic invention is relatively unimportant; and the role of the bravura soloist is much reduced. It's high torque ensemble music, often mesmerising in effect, precisely and arrestingly detailed, lightly dipped in electronica, and with many novel textures. In all this bold music, Hollenbeck is true to the spirit of his muse, the visionary late-eighteenth century poet and painter William Blake. The album title is taken from Blake's poem “The Garden Of Love,” which itself forms the basis of track six. The best of Joys & Desires gets close to the effect of seeing Blake's “The Ancient Of Days” or “God Judging Adam” for the first time. An intoxicating experience which repays your surrender."-All About Jazz/Chris May
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  • UPC750447338623
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