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Album: Hold the Elevator: Live in Europe & Other Haunts *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Alino Oro
2)    Smada
3)    Rufus 7
4)    Peregrinatons
5)    RE.Scatter
6)    Nem Um Talvez
7)    Bloodcount
8)    Stentor
9)    Sich Reped
 
Album: Hold the Elevator: Live in Europe & Other Haunts *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Alino Oro
2)    Smada
3)    Rufus 7
4)    Peregrinatons
5)    RE.Scatter
6)    Nem Um Talvez
7)    Bloodcount
8)    Stentor
9)    Sich Reped
 
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  • Orange Then Blue: Peck Allmond (soprano saxophone, trumpet, Eb alto horn); Matt Darriau (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet, flute); Andy Laster (alto & baritone saxophones, flute); Andrew D'Angelo (alto saxophone, bass clarinet); Chris Speed (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Cuong Vu, Dave Ballou (trumpet); Tom Varner (French horn); Jim Leff (trombone); Jose Davila (tuba); Jamie Saft (piano, accordion); Tim Ray (piano); Reid Anderson (bass); George Schuller (drums, percussion, bells).
  • Additional personnel: Rufus Cappadocia (cello); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Ben Street (bass); Seido Salisfoski (dumbek, percussion).
  • Producers: George Schuller, Co De Kloet, Wolfgang Hoff.
  • Engineers include: Alan Stefinov, Peter Vincent, Axel Muller.
  • Includes liner notes by Paul Blair.
  • Personnel: Rufus Cappadocia (cello); Matt Darriau (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Andy Laster (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jamie Saft (accordion, piano); Chris Speed (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Andrew D'Angelo (bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Peck Allmond (soprano saxophone, trumpet, alto horn); Cuong Vu, Dave Ballou (trumpet); Tom Varner (French horn); Jim Leff (trombone); Jose Davila , Marcus Rojas (tuba); Tim Ray (piano); George Schuller (drums, percussion, bells); Seido Salifoski (dumbek, percussion).
  • Liner Note Author: Paul Blair.
  • Recording information: 11th Music Meeting, Nijmegan (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); 11th Music Meeting, Nijmegen, Netherland (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); Fez Under Time Cafe, New York, NY (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); Fez Under Time Cafe, NY (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); Jazzfest Berlin '95, Germany (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); JazzFest Berlin, Germany (04/01/1994-11/08/1995); Knitting Factory, NY (04/01/1994-11/08/1995).
  • Editor: Dave Locke.
  • 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. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (1-2/00, p.132) - "...successfully incorporates worldly influences...without sacrificing jazz's sense of swing and improvisation....an apt document of [their] potency....containing some of the most intriguing soloists of this generation..."
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