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The Shadowgraph Series: Compositions for Creative Orchestra

by George Lewis & The NOW Orchestra

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Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hello/Goodbye
George Lewis
13:17 $0.99
2. Shadowgraph 1
George Lewis
9:09 $0.99
3. Shadowgraph 2
George Lewis
10:47 $0.99
4. Shadowgraph 3
George Lewis
8:21 $0.99
5. Shadowgraph 5
George Lewis
7:12 $0.99
6. Smashing Clusters
George Lewis
15:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
George E. Lewis, trombone
The NOW Orchestra:
Coat Cooke, baritone & alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Bruce Freedman, soprano saxophone
Graham Ord, tenor and alto saxophone, flute, piccolo
Saul Berson, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
John Korsrud, trumpet
Rob Blakeslee, trumpet, flugelhorn
Brad Muirhead, bass trombone, tuba
Ralph Eppel, trombone
Peggy Lee, cello
Ron Samworth, guitar, electronics
Clyde Reed, contrabass
Paul Blaney, contrabass, electric bass
Paul Plimley, piano
Kate Hammett Vaughan, voice
Dylan van der Schyff, drums

What the critics are saying:

Six long tracks illuminate the fertile mind of cutting-edge trombonist George Lewis, who grazes avant-garde territory as he roars and rumbles in the company of Vancouver's NOW troops -- 14 strong and abetted here by the spooky voice of Kate Hammett-Vaughan. ... This is where new music, classical and jazz frontiers merge, and amid the chaos, you'll hear fascinating contributions from saxist Graham Ord, trumpeter John Korsrud, cellist Peggy Lee and guitarist Ron Samworth. --Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

Certainly no other Canadian outfit could respond to the substance and spirit of Lewis's ideas as sympathetically. Typical of its resources, each member is showcased in one or another of the six Lewis compositions here. --Mark Miller, Globe and Mail

George Lewis's releases are few and far between nowadays, so this wonderful one is most welcome! --Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Although the NOW Orchestra's previous CD was titled WOWOW, it is this one, The Shadowgraph Series: compositions for Creative Orchestra, which deserves all the wowing. ... This CD reaffirms The NOW Orchestra's leading position as one of the best creative orchestras around. --Francois Couture, All Music Guide

Though a great trombone player, AACMer Lewis's compositional river has always run deep. A joyous event for George to get a full compliment of West Coast improvisers in a Vancouver based orchestra to work his concept. --Larry Kusp, Out Front, Out Back

All of the pieces on this recording were written by Lewis, who once again shows himself to be a sophisticated and wide-ranging writer, incorporating a plethora of influences from swing to avant-garde jazz and even postmodern classical music. ... When he is in top form, as on his edifying "Smashing Clusters." fireworks explode as he seamlessly blends composition and improvisation. --Steven Loewy, All Music Guide

Lewis, it should be pointed out, also plays some extraordinary trombone on these pieces. On "Hello, Goodbye," amid a delightful jumble, he provides a trombone flurry of unrivalled mastery. Or on "Shadowgraph 3" he tears through the ensemble with ferocious power. --Greg Buium, Cadence

The highlight (of Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival) -and it was a stunner- was the sprawling concert of original music ... by trombonist George Lewis, played by Vancouver's NOW Orchestra. The well-honed but wild and wooly orchestra seem to breathe along with the creative and dynamic Lewis. --Paul de Barros, Seattle Times



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