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Eneidi, Marco/Spearman, Glenn – “Creative Music Orchestra ” – [Music and Arts Programs]

Thurston Hunger   1/27/2006   CD, Jazz

Big band, big bang, free radicals, free jazz! Physics gets
physical, brownian motion leaves no bodies at rest. Marco
Eneidi charged up as a particle player with large ensembles
galvanized by the likes of Bill Dixon, William Parker and
Cecil Taylor, Eneidi returned to orbit the Bay Area and
in sonic covalence with Glenn Spearman amassed the momentum
of these 21 musicians. Sax sparks much of the suite, with
Marco on a pretty beefy alto! Not sure which violinist
takes flight early in the suite, but that was a grabbing
individual moment as were the variousl lonely sputter solos
on the concluding piece, it’s name indicates that Spearman
was looking to ignite/inspire some of the college kids rolled
into the Orchestra. By all accounts, Spearman was that sort
of leader, with or without a band. “Interlude” has vocal
bookends and this cool waffle-stomping theme that ends up
tiptoeing towards the end… As much as individuals shine,
(and a tip of the tom-tom to Don Robinson taking on 19 with
a little Spirit-ed percussion help, Robinson is an anchor)
still it’s moments when the whole troupe is on maneuvers that
moved me most. In “Ghost Dance” after a flickering 30 seconds
the crew unites to form a rocket ready to launch: strings
sliding in on the edge of the horns. Excellent! “Naked Mirror”
shifts some of the players a note out of phase from the sort
of minimal cyle produces a nice industrial-strength jazz. After
a nice Goodheart-led trio take in that, back to the skyscraper-
shifting cycles. -Thurston Hunger

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