Roswell Rudd

Jazz Composer's Orchestra Plays Numatik Swing Band

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One of the rarer albums by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra features a five-part work (titled "Numatik Swing Band") commissioned from trombonist Roswell Rudd. In addition to Rudd (featured on the "Circulation" section), the soloists include drummer Beaver Harris, Howard Johnson on tuba ("Breathahoward"), tenor great Dewey Redman, trumpeter Enrico Rava, baritonist Charles Davis and singer Sheila Jordan (heard on "Lullaby for Greg"). At the time, the Jazz Composer's Orchestra consisted of 24 pieces (including three French horns) including both future all-star and players who would remain obscure. The music on this date is avant-garde, but has its melodic and accessible sections.