Coat Cooke (reeds), Ron Samworth (guitar), Paul Plimley (piano), Kate Hammett-Vaughn (vocals), Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Paul Blaney (bass), Clyde Reed (bass), Ralph Eppel (trombone), Saul Berson (alto sax), John Korsud (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Bill Clark (trumpet), Brad Muirhead (trombone), Mark Nodwell, (soprano sax). with guests: George Lewis (trombone); Vinny Golia (clarinets, flutes, saxes); Paul Cram (clarinet, tenor sax). Recorded November 14 & 15, 1997 at the New Orchestra Workshop's 20th anniversary celebration. Much of Vancouver's improvised music community was showcased in a variety of settings. What the Critics are Saying: Incorporating three very long pieces of multiple sections -- by mainstays Cooke and Samworth, as well as by guest soloist Paul Cram -- this date demonstrates the NOW Orchestra's synergy as well as it's knowledge of the large ensemble continuum that stretches from Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Basie to Sun Ra, the AACM Experimental Band, and Braxton's Creative Orchestra, all the way to Globe Unity, LJCO, and ICP. Yes, I mean that. Yes, they're that good. Coat Cooke's 'Wowow' is one of the best performances I've heard all year ... And perhaps the finest compliment I can muster, this music had me itching to pick up my own instrument and join in. By all means, listen to this...Jason Bivins, Cadence.
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