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Jazz In The Space Age

by Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos

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Dimensions 13:18
The Lydiot 09:36



On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first object placed by humanity in orbit around a celestial body, thus inaugurating the era of the space race. Inevitably, composers were also inspired by the new adventurous spirit that this era seemed to contain. In 1960, George Russell and a group of jazz stars recorded Jazz in the Space Age, a historic record already featuring some ideas from the composer's revolutionary Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. But what does this music do anyway? Everything. It gravitates. It draws us in, it pushes us away. It allows us to wander around, perhaps looking at this nearby planet, intersecting with a star, perhaps deviating from a meteorite at high speed. Russell wrote the score for Jazz In the Space Age and intentionally left a space open for free improvisation - he fixed the satellites in orbits and the imagination of his celestial bodies did the rest. He brought the universe with all its possibilities and mysteries into the music. A cosmos that could seem infinite to us, just like music. Sixty years later we allow ourselves to gravitate to this score, today with other celestial bodies that gaze upon this music through its unique cosmic dust.
Text: Liliana Marinho


released June 15, 2020

Production by Pedro Guedes / OJM
Musical Direction by Pedro Guedes
Composition and arrangement by George Russell
Transcription of the arrangement by Telmo Marques
Guest Soloists: João Paulo Esteves da Silva (piano), José Diogo Martins (piano)
Woodwinds: José Luís Rego, João Guimarães, Mário Santos, José Pedro Coelho, Rui Teixeira
Trumpets: Luís Macedo, Ricardo Formoso, Rogério Ribeiro
Trombones: Daniel Dias, Xavier Sousa, Gonçalo Dias
Rhythm Section: Carlos Azevedo (Fender Rhodes), Eurico Costa (guitar), Demian Cabaud (double bass), Marcos Cavaleiro (drums)
Recorded live and mixed by Carlos Lopes
Video by Alexandra Côrte-Real
Design by Dobra
Texts by Fernando Pires de Lima

In memory of Manuel Jorge Veloso

Recorded live at Casa da Música, Porto.
November 30th 2019

Side A - youtu.be/AhFYAhCQHr4
Side B - youtu.be/_fDLBQSdhnU

Released by CARA, 2020


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Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos Portugal

OJM, is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to promote creation, research, education and public awareness in the area of Jazz. Founded in 1999 with the support of the Matosinhos City Council, today OJM plays the role of a National Jazz Orchestra. Combining international ambition with local community responsibility, OJM considers itself a pioneer in a largely unexplored territory. ... more

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