Jumpin' in the Future

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
George Schuller, drummer and one of the founders of the Boston jazz orchestra Orange Then Blue, ran across some of his father's older unrecorded arrangements, obtained a grant to preserve the pieces on disc, and then surprised his father, Gunther Schuller, with news of his discovery. Both Schullers worked with Orange Then Blue to rehearse the difficult charts, and they have documented some important works on this CD, all but two of which predate the elder Schuller's first ventures into Third Stream music. The earliest composition, "Jumpin' in the Future" from 1947, is possibly the first atonal jazz work, heavily influenced by contemporary classical music but still using ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
George Schuller, drummer and one of the founders of the Boston jazz orchestra Orange Then Blue, ran across some of his father's older unrecorded arrangements, obtained a grant to preserve the pieces on disc, and then surprised his father, Gunther Schuller, with news of his discovery. Both Schullers worked with Orange Then Blue to rehearse the difficult charts, and they have documented some important works on this CD, all but two of which predate the elder Schuller's first ventures into Third Stream music. The earliest composition, "Jumpin' in the Future" from 1947, is possibly the first atonal jazz work, heavily influenced by contemporary classical music but still using jazz phrasing and a lightly swinging rhythm section. While Schuller's rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" is really a wholly written-out classical fantasy based on the first four notes of that standard, several other arrangements "Blue Moon," "Anthropology," and "Yesterdays" are heavily influenced by Gil Evans' work with Claude Thornhill, although all are a step closer to classical music than Evans' work of the time. "Summertime" also seems reminiscent of Gil Evans but actually dates from 1949, nine years before Evans recorded his famous version with Miles Davis. "Night Music," originally a 1961 feature for Eric Dolphy, has Howard Johnson doing an extraordinary imitation of Dolphy on bass clarinet. The concluding work 1966's "Teardrop" is a bit dry, with its five movements seeking to portray the five senses. It is a pity that Gunther Schuller's adventurous charts were not recorded when they were originally composed, for they might have strongly influenced the orchestral music of the 1960s; they still sound quite fresh and exciting. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: G.M. Recordings
  • UPC: 781007301023
  • Catalog Number: 3010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When the Saints Go Marchin' In (3:15)
  2. 2 Blue Moon (5:15)
  3. 3 Night Music (4:22)
  4. 4 Anthropology (4:00)
  5. 5 Jumpin' in the Future (4:35)
  6. 6 Yesterdays (6:27)
  7. 7 Summertime (4:35)
  8. 8 Teardrop (11:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gunther Schuller Primary Artist, Conductor
The Dave Clark Five Acoustic Bass
Howard Johnson Tuba, Bass Clarinet
Bevan Manson Piano
George Schuller Drums
Ken Cervenka Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Allan Chase Alto Saxophone
Peter Cirelli Trombone, Bass Trombone
Matt Darriau Flute, Alto Saxophone
Dave Finucane Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Garzone Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Gravish Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kathy Halvorson Oboe
Adam Kolker Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Roy Okutani Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rick Stepton Trombone
Ben Sher Guitar
Ken Wenzel Trombone
Dave Clark Acoustic Bass
Curtis Hasselbring Trombone
Bob Zung Baritone Saxophone
Robert Carriker Tuba
Andy Strasmich Flute
Greg Hopkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mark Taylor French Horn
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
James Black Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Andrew Hurlbut Producer, Production Director
Henk Kooistra Digital Editing
Gunther Schuller Arranger, Executive Producer
Steve Elman Liner Notes
DuBose Heyward Composer
Carolyn Kelley Associate Executive Producer
John Newton Engineer
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