Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris

Composer(s): Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris
Album Title: Testament: A Conduction Collection 
Cat. No.: 80478 (10 CDs)
Genre: Jazz
Description: Testament: A Conduction Collection

Limited Edition 10-CD Set*

“Testament challenges not only conductors’ orthodoxy but the very vitals of music and music-making-no tradition is left untouched.... When the musical history of the 20th-century comes to be written, Testament will provide one of its most essential chapters.” — The Wire

“Recorded in nine countries, the music is surprisingly coherent. In Turkey, using a band of mostly local musicians, the music takes on a stunning, solemn quality.In Tokyo, with a group of musicians using traditional Japanese instruments, along with turntables and electric basses, it takes on different colors. Noise and music mix; at times it’s wild, at others, meditative.” —The New York Times

"Conducting is no longer a mere method for an interpretation, but an actual part of the process of composition. Conduction is a means by which a conductor may compose, (re)orchestrate, (re)arrange and sculpt both notated and non-notated music. Using a vocabulary of signs and gestures, many within the general glossary of traditional conducting, the conductor may alter or initiate rhythm, melody, and harmony; develop form and structure; and instantaneously change articulation, phrasing, and meter. Conduction is a viable musical tool for the improvising ensemble.” —Butch Morris

Morris leads over 100 of the best improvisors from around the world in 15 Conductions: Arthur Blythe, Fred Hopkins, Elliot Sharp, Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, Jason Hwang, Christian Marclay, William Parker, Deidre L. Murray, J. A. Deane, Tristan Honsinger, Maarten Altena Ensemble, Steve Beresford, Hans Reichel, Tom Cora, Han Bennink, Catherine Jauniaux, Ikue Mori, Marion Brandis, Vincent Chancey, Jameel Moondoc, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Chris Brown, Jon English, William Winant, and over 75 others. (See individual discs for complete personnel listings.)

*Includes a 50-page book, by Allan Graubard and Butch Morris, that colorfully explains the Conduction process, with photos, a selected discography, a bibliography, and a glossary of Conductions signs and terms.

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