Album: Michael Mantler, Concertos, (ECM)

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Michael Mantler is the forbiddingly cerebral Austrian composer and trumpeter who with his then-partner Carla Bley formed the revolutionary Jazz Composers Orchestra in 1960s New York before creating meisterwerks for an international prog/jazz elite.

On this album, JCO regular Roswell Rudd joins Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and other guests with a Berlin chamber orchestra on seven intricately worked concerti that repay repeated listening. Don't expect to dance.

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