Two years ago Belgian composer/trumpeter Bert Joris received a commission to write two extended works plus two shorter pieces for the BJO and the Philharmonic. He rose to the challenge eloquently, also serving as main soloist for the four works premiered in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2006. Joris took the logical path for his solo playing. At no time was he required to adopt so-called “legitimate phrasing.” Nor was the Jazz Orchestra. Conversely, members of the Philharmonic were not called on to swing. They are disparate ensembles, functioning in two different worlds. As studio players often comment, “It all depends on how you phrase eighth notes.”
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