Mark Masters

Silver Threads Among the Blues

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The second recording by Mark Masters' Jazz Composers Orchestra finds the impressive and flexible 18-piece big band interpreting arrangements by Lennie Niehaus, Don Piestrup and Hank Levy, plus three by Ken Hanna. Most intriguing is "The Blues In Two Parts," which combines Bill Russo's "Blues: Before and After" and Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation." None of the musicians in the orchestra (except possibly trombonist Dick Shearer) are that well-known, but they form a powerful group sound and take concise solos that are a logical part of the arrangements.