When Dizzy Gillespie hired Lalo Schifrin for his quintet in 1960, he set in motion for the Argentine pianist, composer and arranger a prolific international career that would cover jazz as well as classical music, film scores and, like Invocations, hybrids and fusions. Invocations features Schifrin, bassist Pierre Boussaguet, drummer Tom Gordon and Australian trumpeter and trombonist James Morrison as a jazz ensemble and soloists working within the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The suite’s six symphonic pieces evoke the feeling of a jazz set within the symphony, rather than the strings merely sweetening or backgrounding the combo. There is also a quartet track, “Here ‘Tis,” a blues à la Gillespie that incorporates Milt Jackson’s “Bags’ Groove.”
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