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Mosaic Select: Charles Tolliver Big Band (MS-037)Mosaic Select
The Charles Tolliver Big Band, resurrected some five years ago, put his extraordinary orchestral writing back in the spotlight. And from the release of his comeback album “With Love,” it was always our intention to eventually bring back the two classic Strata-East albums that started it all in the ‘70s. When Charles called us with the discovery of a 1979 NDR radio concert from 1979 that would bring the set to 3 CDs, we knew a Mosaic Select was mandatory.
Limited Edition: 5,000 copies
3 CDs - $44.00
"Rarely if ever has a big band exhibited so much freedom or finesse, while at the same time never overwhelming the virtuoso soloists on whom the performances pivot." - Jason Ankemy, allmusic.com
The Charles Tolliver Big Band has come to be known for its intricate, layered writing, charging rhythms and exciting soloists. The band's roots trace back to 1970 when Tolliver recorded "Music Inc. & Big Band" for his Strata-East label. He and Stanley Cowell were the composers and principal soloists for this ground-breaking album, which represented the new approach to big band writing since the emergence of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra five years earlier.
Their second album "Impact" expanded the big band's sound with eight strings on several tunes. James Spaulding, Charles McPherson and George Coleman join Tolliver and Cowell as soloists.
From these, it was thought that the trail ran cold for this band until the mid 2000s. But in preparation for this reissue, Charles ran across a tape of a big band workshop/broadcast that he did in 1979 with NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany. He secured the rights and the master tape and is released for the first time in this set.
In recent year, the band has reformed and returned with a vengeance, touring and recording for Blue Note (2007) and Half Note (2009). Its legacy begins with this Mosaic Select.
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