Lawrence Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophones; Dave Douglas, trumpet; Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Lisle Ellis, bass; Donald Robinson, drums
What a treat to hear five superb musicians, all of them accomplished composers in their own right, creating spontaneous music of such formal richness and quiet splendor!
Quintet for a Day is the result of collective improvisations deeply informed by their vast experience with new compositional approaches which often require improvisers to relate to each other and the flow of what's happening in all kinds of different ways. The music unfolds with a measured sense of drama and inevitability that attests to the musical heights possible when such enormous compositional and virtuosic talents converge.
Definitely not for the faint of heart, Quintet for a Day is challenging and contentious, yet richly rewarding on many levels. Fans of the individual composer/improvisers will not be disappointed nor will those interested in the continuing evolution of the language of jazz composition.
What We Live: Quintet For A Day