Saturday, May 16, 2015

John Lewis Presents Jazz Abstractions

Although John Lewis is listed as the leader (this album's alternate title is "John Lewis Presents Contemporary Music"), the pianist does not actually appear on this record and only contributed one piece ("Django"). On what is very much a Gunther Schuller project, Schuller composed "Abstraction" and was responsible for the adventurous three-part "Variants on a Theme of John Lewis (Django)" and the four-part "Variants on a Theme of Thelonious Monk (Criss-Cross)"; Jim Hall contributed "Piece for Guitar & Strings." One of the most successful third stream efforts, this LP combines avant-garde jazz with aspects of classical music. Among the more notable stars, altoist Ornette Coleman is on "Abstraction" and "Criss Cross" (both of which have been reissued in his Rhino CD box) and multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy is on both of the "Variants." Other musicians in the eclectic cast include guitarist Hall, bassist Scott LaFaro, pianist Bill Evans, and several classical string players. This is very interesting music.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hxfexqygld6e

John Lewis
Presents
Jazz Abstractions

Tracks

1 Abstraction (Schuller) 4:06
2 Piece for Guitar and Strings (Hall) 6:20

VARIANTS ON A THEME OF JOHN LEWIS (DJANGO)
3 a. Variant I 5:25
4 b. Variant II 1:38
5 c. Variant III (Schuller) 3:04

VARIANTS ON A THEME OF THELONIOUS MONK (CRISS-CROSS)
6 a. Variant I 6:20
7 b. Variant II 1:47
8 c. Variant III 3:46
9 d. Variant IV (Schuller) 3:22

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Personnel
[# 1]
Ornette Coleman - as
Jim Hall - g
Scott LaFaro - b
Alvin Brehm - b
Sticks Evans - dr
The Contemporary String Quartet
[# 2]
Same as above, except Coleman, Brehm & Sticks do not appear and Alfred Brown (vl), is added
[# 3-5]
Eric Dolphy - fl
Robert DiDomenica - fl
Jim Hall - g
Eddie Costa - vb
Bill Evans - p
Scott LaFaro - b
George Duvivier - b
Sticks Evans - dr
The Contemporary String Quartet
[# 6-9]
Same as above, except Coleman (as) is added and Dolphy is heard on bcl & as as on fl

Recorded in 1961

10 comments:

Cooljazz said...

Another goody. Thank you very much.

Lalo said...

Another jewel! Thanks so much

neil said...

Got this paired up with 'The Golden Striker', mel; but it's good to have the original format and scans. Many thanks...

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a good album.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

stringbender said...

Fabulous share - many thanks indeed!

Shtebe said...

THANKS!

jazzcat1228 said...

Great share! Thank you, Mel.

Melanchthon said...

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kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Looks interesting.

Anonymous said...

the second link is dead, Mel!