Lawrence "Butch" Morris

Conduction 57/58/59: Holy Sea

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Whether you enjoy and even appreciate this beautifully packaged two-CD set will likely depend, in part, on your reaction to Butch Morris' controversial technique of "conduction." By the time of this release, Morris had already recorded many of his conductions, which offer an innovative approach to performance that largely relies on signals from Morris rather than on any written music. These three conductions (Numbers 57, 58, and 59) are distinct in that they rely primarily on a symphonic orchestra (Orchestra della Toscana) with the addition of a small group of non-classical players (longtime collaborator J.A. Deane; Otomo Yoshihide; and well-known Italian jazz pianist Riccardo Fassi). Deane focuses, among other things, on loops of sound created by the orchestra, while Yoshihide inserts snippets of older music. The results are uniformly fascinating.