Bassist-turned-keyboardist Alan Silva conducts the Sound Visions Orchestra, which is among the most raucous and chaotic orchestras in avant-garde jazz. The 22-piece band organized for this performance at the 1999 Vision Festival is practically all brass and horns; besides Silva, only drummer Jackson Krall, pianist Mark Hennen and bassist Wilber Morris aren’t blowing into an instrument. Regardless of its windcentric lineup, Silva’s orchestra is still orchestral in its sweeping movements and dynamic changes. But you won’t ever hear a classical-music orchestra this unfettered.
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