Way back in 1986, Darrell Katz and Ken Schaphorst established the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra in Boston as a regional outlet for composers, conductors and instrumentalists devoted to contemporary chamber jazz. Celebration of the Spirit (CIMP) utilizes 17 instrumentalists in various configurations for its eight tracks, with the composers conducting. It was recorded in one day of 11 intensive hours with no cut-and-paste editing. What you hear is what they played.
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