In retrospect, these jazz Explorations are worthy of creative playing, and it is amazing to see how well this music has survived the test of time. When these pioneering efforts in the evolution of modern music were released, most critics considered them too complex; they were defined as controversial, abstract and absurdly avant-garde. Now, fifty years later, these early Jazz Composers Workshop recordings have become not only accessible, but widely accepted; they have contributed to open up all kind of musical doors.
Total time: 61:40 min.
01. Teo (Teo Macero)
02. Ill Remember April (Raye-DePaul)
03. How Low The Earth (Teo Macero)
04. Mitzi (Teo Macero)
05. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)
06. Explorations (Teo Macero)
07. Smog L.A. (Wally Cirillo)
08. Level Seven (Wally Cirillo)
09. Transeason (Wally Cirillo)
10. Rose Geranium (Wally Cirillo)
11. Heart on my sleeve (Teo Macero)
12. 24+ 18+ (Teo Macero)
13. SOunds of may (Teo Macero)
14. Thou swell (Richard Rodgers)
15. Neally (Teo Macero)
16. Adventures (Teo Macero)
17. TC's groove (Teo Macero)
Personnel on tracks #1-6: Teo Macero (as, ts), Orlando Girolamo (accordion), Charles Mingus, Lou Labella (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Recorded in New York City, on December 5, 1953.
Personnel on tracks #7-10: Teo Macero (as, ts), Wally Cirillo (p), Charles Mingus (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, on January 30, 1955.
Personnel on tracks #11-14: Teo Macero (as, ts), John La Porta (cl, as), Mal Waldron (p), Orlando Girolamo (accordion), Wendell Marshall (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 5, 1955.
Personnel on tracks #15-17: Art Farmer (tp), Teo Macero (as, ts), John La Porta (cl, as), George Barrow (bs), Eddie Bert (tb), Don Butterfield (tuba), Orlando Girolamo (accordion), Wendell Marshall (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Recorded in New York City, on September 9, 1955.