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Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz

If Third Stream music, the merger of classical music and jazz, never took hold within either musical world as it might have since its official inception in the late 1950s, the best examples of the genre still prove that it was more just than an academic pipedream.

Gunther Schuller, the main linchpin behind the movement, has unearthed three original early works, recasting each as collaborations between contemporary jazz players and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. “Variants for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra” (1960) and “Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra” (1959) once incorporated the Modern Jazz Quartet; here the notable soloists include vibraphonists Tom Beckham and pianists Bruce Barth and Tim Ray; Schuller’s talented sons Edwin and George handle the bass and drums, respectively.

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