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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
That this rare album, now on CD as part of Verve's Elite Editions series, was originally released only in Europe testifies to the dominance of jazz-rock in 1971 and not to the staggering quantity of imagination that one hears on the session today. Still co-leading his legendary European unit this was their last recording, Francy Boland unleashed his classical training to produce dazzling, fantastically complex writing often loaded with dissonances, unusual groupings of instruments, freeform freakouts, alternating sections in 5/4/ and 4/4, loose-jointed structures, and firestorm endings. Then they tried to record these difficult charts in a Cologne, Germany studio in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
That this rare album, now on CD as part of Verve's Elite Editions series, was originally released only in Europe testifies to the dominance of jazz-rock in 1971 and not to the staggering quantity of imagination that one hears on the session today. Still co-leading his legendary European unit this was their last recording, Francy Boland unleashed his classical training to produce dazzling, fantastically complex writing often loaded with dissonances, unusual groupings of instruments, freeform freakouts, alternating sections in 5/4/ and 4/4, loose-jointed structures, and firestorm endings. Then they tried to record these difficult charts in a Cologne, Germany studio in one day! Yet Getz's great ear picks everything up intuitively; his solos, though brief in playing time, are loaded with sometimes strident emotion and occasionally flirt with the outside. The Clarke/Boland band itself is in dynamic, bold and brassy form, playing the hell out of these tough pieces dig the Kenton-ian buildup near the close of "Provocations". Within the band, Albert Mangelsdorff breathes fire on trombone, Herb Geller doubles -- or quintuples -- effectively on five instruments, including English horn, piccolo and oboe along with tenor and alto, and Boland occasionally appears on ghostly organ and electric piano. Not only was this Getz's most adventurous session since Focus and the first few bossa nova records, it is very much out of character for Boland, who usually played it safer than this. Too bad this CD is destined to be a limited edition, for Getz's 1971 European adventure deserves to be circulated in more permanent form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1998
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455709520
  • Catalog Number: 557095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Extravagances - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (6:03)
  2. 2 Symptones - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (5:50)
  3. 3 Quiproquos - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (9:17)
  4. 4 Escarmouches - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (4:47)
  5. 5 Touchstone - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (6:34)
  6. 6 Provocations - Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Clarke Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Drums, Track Performer
Benny Bailey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Francy Boland Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Art Farmer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Herb Geller Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Albert Mangelsdorff Trombone
Tony Coe Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ake Persson Trombone
Manfred Schoof Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ronnie Scott Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Stan Sulzmann Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Harlo Geller Wind
Tony Inzalaco Percussion
Rick Keefer Trumpet
Rick Kiefer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ack Van Rooyen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sahib Shihab Flute, Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Wind, Baritone
Erik VanLier Bass, Trombone
Jean Warland Bass, Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Benny Bailey Contributor
Francy Boland Arranger
Albert Mangelsdorff Contributor
Ake Persson Contributor
Manfred Schoof Contributor
Bill Kirchner Liner Notes
Kenny Clare Contributor
Rick Kiefer Contributor
Aric Lach Morrison Contributor
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Wolfgang Hirschmann Engineer
Patricia Lie Art Direction
Gigi Campi Producer
Sung Lee Art Direction
Art Rarmer Contributor
Valérie Wagner Art Direction
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