In late January 2004 Previte and the "Constellations Ensemble" embarked on a seven city tour of the U.K., sponsored by the Arts Council of England and tour managed by Tony Dudley-Evans. Concerts included London, Bristol, Cheltenham, Birmingham, and Manchester.
This is from the Birmingham concert, under pristine conditions at the CBSO Centre. This concert fell near the end of the tour when the ensemble was meshing perfectly, and was beautifully recorded by the tour soundman Paul Sparrow.
In many ways the music on this recording surpasses that on the Tzadik CD - after all the band was on the road and knew the material intimately. Also this recording is graced by the incredible Zeena Parkins on harp, who was not on the CD, and Neal Kirkwood on piano and accordion.
But perhaps the biggest reason is the extraordinary musical sense and direction of the conductor, Christian Muthspiel, who truly took the music "to another level."
Mixed and mastered by Bobby Previte.
released September 16, 2009
Lew Soloff - trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Ned Rothenberg - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Zeena Parkins - harp
Wayne Horvitz - Hammond, keyboards, harmonica, piano
Neal Kirkwood - piano, accordion
John Bacon - orchestral percussion
Bobby Previte - trap drums, percussion
Conducted by: Christian Muthspiel
Financial support from Arts Council England.
Produced by Birmingham Jazz for CMN Tours
Tour Producer: Tony Dudley-Evans
Project and Tour Management: Tony Dudley-Evans
Sound Engineer: Paul Sparrow
Administration Support: Nick Purnell
Cover art taken from a film by Ken Winikur
Tour funded and executively produced by CMN Tours.
CMN Producers: Beverley Crew and Shu-Fang Wang
CMN Administrator: Anne Parry
National Advertising and Marketing: The Cogency
Design: COG Design
Programme Notes: Stuart Nicholson
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