Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony No. 7

Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony No. 7

by Lalo Schifrin
     
 

The person most clearly invoked on Lalo Schifrin's Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony #7 is his old boss Dizzy Gillespie, who claims composition credit on "Groovin' High" (with Charlie Parker) and "Here 'Tis." The Schifrin "Jazz Meets the Symphony" series finds the veteran film composer…  See more details below

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The person most clearly invoked on Lalo Schifrin's Invocations: Jazz Meets the Symphony #7 is his old boss Dizzy Gillespie, who claims composition credit on "Groovin' High" (with Charlie Parker) and "Here 'Tis." The Schifrin "Jazz Meets the Symphony" series finds the veteran film composer and jazz pianist assembling a small jazz band to interact with a symphony orchestra on his compositions and arrangements; here, he, horn player James Morrison, bassist Pierre Boussaguet, and drummer Tom Gordon joined the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague in July 2010. The problem in mixing jazz music and musicians with an orchestra, the conventional wisdom would have it, is that an improvisatory form and its practitioners have to rub shoulders with people accustomed to reading and playing notes as written. Schifrin gets around this problem, however, much in the way swing bandleaders did in the 1930s and '40s. He has the orchestra play set sections, sometimes dropping out entirely, and he has his soloists fit their solos into specific spots at specific tempos. Those tempos vary from piece to piece, with the languid "Invocations" succeeded by the playfully Renaissance-like "Summer Dance" and then the much calmer "Reverie." Another way of getting the musicians to work well together is to vary their level of participation. Generally, the more improvisatory the music, the less the orchestra is to be heard. In "Etude in Rhythm," its participation is much reduced, and for "Here 'Tis," it lays out completely. Still, this album and the series of which it is a part, must be considered one of the more successful experiments in combining jazz and classical elements into a hybrid, which is not surprising, given that Schifrin has devoted much of his career to doing exactly that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Aleph Records
UPC:
0651702636624
catalogNumber:
45
Rank:
306797

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
James Morrison   Horn
Tom Gordon   Drums
Czech National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pierre Boussaguet   Bass
Krystof Marek   Conductor

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Gustavo Borner   Digital Editing,Mastering
Claude Debussy   Composer
Richard Palmer   Liner Notes
Charlie Parker   Additional Music
Donna Schifrin   Executive Producer
Theresa Eastman Schifrin   Art Direction
Jan Kotzmann   Engineer

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