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Warren Smith & The Composer's Workshop Ensemble

Warren Smith & The Composer's Workshop Ensemble

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  • Type CD
  • Label Claves Records
  • UPC 7619931119526
  • Catalog number CJ 1195
  • Release date 23 May 14

About the album

The Composer’s Workshop Ensemble has been in existence since 1960. In the beginning the musicians rehearsed at the studio of well-known musicologist Dr. Leonard Goins until they moved to Warren I. Smith’s own small music studio “WIS”, which was located in an apartment building on Manhattan’s 21st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. For years on every Sunday evening, the Composer’s Workshop Ensemble would meet here to jam. Visitors to the studio were always swept away by the tree and friendly atmosphere that ruled at these get-togethers. Years later the ensemble moved to the nearby “Chelsea Performing Arts Studio WIS" at 153 West 21st Street, where concerts also took place.
The ensemble’s style can be summarized as contemporary orchestral with certain characteristics from experimental jazz (sometimes referred to as Contemporary Black Art). Similarities to the Black Art of Sun Ra and the sonorities of Gil Evans can also be heard. There are, in fact, a number of connections to these two musicians, such as a periodic exchange of band members — Warren Smith, for example, frequently performed as a percussionist with Gil Evans.
Over the course of years the Composer’s Workshop Ensemble became an institution in the New York jazz scene, where experimentation could freely take place without the constraints of the popular market. The ensemble, as a rule, does not make musical concessions; its members are free to “play out" their ideas, to generate new sounds that might later take shape in everyday music.
Although the Workshop Ensemble rarely performed in concert, they did record a number of LP’S from the late 60’s to the early 80's. Two of these recordings appeared on the New York label Strata East (SE8 1972-3, SES 7422), one was recorded tor Music Company (KRS-1006), and another recording was made for Baystate, Japan (RVJ-601 3). The group also appeared as the accompanying ensemble for Van Peeples on A&M Records (SP 4161).
We are pleased to re-release the first three of these LPs (the most important, musically speaking) on these two compact discs. We are sure that you will enjoy the unmistakable, warm, orchestral sound of the ensemble, its penchant tor percussiveness and its outstanding soloists. Among the eminent soloists that appear on this recording are Howard Johnson, Jimmy Owens, Bross Townsend, George Barrow, Jack Jeffers, Garnett Brown, and the deceased Julius Watkins, the godfather of the French horn - a unique constellation which makes these recordings a must for collectors.

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    Sub Structure
     
    04:51
  • 1
    2
    Hello Julius
     
    04:11
  • 1
    3
    Blues for E.L.C.
     
    06:07
  • 1
    4
    Lament
     
    10:53
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    5
    Blues by Monk
     
    11:46
  • 1
    6
    Ecorah Suite
     
    09:58
  • 1
    7
    Cool Eddie
     
    12:07
  • 2
    1
    Chisai Sake Kao
     
    07:33
  • 2
    2
    Introduction to the Blues
     
    05:29
  • 2
    3
    We've Been Around
     
    02:56
  • 2
    4
    Screamer
     
    06:41
  • 2
    5
    I Know the Scenery by Heart
     
    06:54
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    Cricket Song Poem
     
    12:20
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    Love in the Open Suite
     
    19:01

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