Hold the Elevator: Live in Europe & Other Haunts

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
OTB have made great strides in the past 15 years to lead the way in innovation amongst large modern ensembles. On these concert sessions from N.Y.C., Berlin, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands, the George Schuller-led group shows a love for Balkan-cum-Weill/Carla Bley circus jazz, free improvisation in and out of frameworks, a grand collective spirit, a propensity for seven-beat measures, dark swinging, maniacal solos, and an intense desire to be different. The five saxophonists -- Chris Speed, Andrew D'Angelo, Andy Laster, Peck Allmond, and Matt Darriau -- are continually astonishing. Keyboardists Jamie Saft and Tim Ray are up to the challenge when called upon. Tom ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
OTB have made great strides in the past 15 years to lead the way in innovation amongst large modern ensembles. On these concert sessions from N.Y.C., Berlin, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands, the George Schuller-led group shows a love for Balkan-cum-Weill/Carla Bley circus jazz, free improvisation in and out of frameworks, a grand collective spirit, a propensity for seven-beat measures, dark swinging, maniacal solos, and an intense desire to be different. The five saxophonists -- Chris Speed, Andrew D'Angelo, Andy Laster, Peck Allmond, and Matt Darriau -- are continually astonishing. Keyboardists Jamie Saft and Tim Ray are up to the challenge when called upon. Tom Varner, French horn throughout, the amazing cellist Rufus Cappadocia one cut, and drummer Schuller keep things in line, whether percolatin' or spooky. The cellist's feature "Rufus 7" there's that seven is the last of three cuts that front-end the CD. The kicker, "Alino Oro," is the quirky upbeat Balkan piece, while number two, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's "Smada" arranged by trumpeter Dave Ballou is laden in a flip-flop, free-to-tango swing, dramatic and replete with clarion calls -- a simply brilliant reworking. The latter half of the nine-cut program offers a lengthy interpretation of Tim Berne's pungent stomper "Bloodcount" and an evil, wailin' take recorded in the Netherlands of Andrew D'Angelo's seven-beat ostinato juggernaut "Sich Reped." Steadfast in their stance, reliable improvisers such as the OTB collective should never be taken lightly. This around-the-world audio triptych of a well-oiled creative working ensemble is over 70 minutes of sheer delight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: G.M. Recordings
  • UPC: 781007304024
  • Catalog Number: 3040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alino Oro (4:27)
  2. 2 Smada (8:35)
  3. 3 Rufus 7 (11:45)
  4. 4 Peregrinatons (7:04)
  5. 5 RE.Scatter (8:03)
  6. 6 Nem Um Talvez (4:55)
  7. 7 Bloodcount (14:30)
  8. 8 Stentor (6:10)
  9. 9 Sich Reped (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orange Then Blue Primary Artist
Tom Varner French Horn
George Schuller Percussion, Drums, Bells
Peck Allmond Trumpet, Alto Horn, Soprano Saxophone
Andrew D'Angelo Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Matt Darriau Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Andy Laster Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Tim Ray Piano
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Chris Speed Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Ballou Trumpet
Cuong Vu Trumpet
Rufus Cappadocia Cello
Seido Salifoski Dumbek, Percussion
Ben Street Bass
Jamie Saft Piano, Accordion
Jim Leff Trombone
Reid Anderson Bass
Jose Davila Tuba
Technical Credits
Tim Berne Composer
George Schuller Producer, Executive Producer
Gunther Schuller Executive Producer
Rufus Cappadocia Composer
Diane Menyuk Graphic Design
Brett Heinz Engineer
Wolfgang Zülch Engineer
Dave Locke Mastering
Co de Kloet Producer
Alan Stefinov Engineer
Peter Vincent Engineer
Wolfgang Hoff Producer
Siegfried Schmidt-Joos Executive Producer
Paul Blair Liner Notes
Marc Lambert Production Director
Axel Müller Engineer
H. Pascoal Composer
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