Graham Collier Music

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Reference: DISC 1973 CD


1. Introduction
2. Part 1 & 2
3. Part 3
4. Part 4
5. Part 5 & 6
6. Part 7
7. Part 8
8. Finale

Recorded on 1976

"1976's New Condition was indeed a radical departure for composer/bandleader Graham Collier. Instead of his sextet, the cast here is a 12-piece big band. Instead of a series of works, we have one long work in eight parts, with an introduction and a finale. The front line here is huge: three trumpets yes, including Harry Beckett, one saxophone thank god it's Alan Wakeman and Malcolm Griffiths on trombone. The rhythm section is made up of Collier on bass, Ed Speight on guitar, John Webb on drums, and pianist Roger Dean. This is a frustrating composition in many ways because of all its gaps, and they are the most trouble of all. Collier has composed a mirror image of traditional jazz charts: this is all freely improvised, with certain scored "interruptions" for the ensemble. The effect is stultifying. The "free flow" at the heart of the conceptualization of this work feels hackneyed, as clearly not all of the musicians here are "free" improvisers. Sorry, as brilliant as Collier is, this one falls short of the mark for him."
Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)


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