The Jazz Composer's Orchestra (album)

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The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Studio album by Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Released 1968
Recorded January - July, 1968
Genre Free jazz
Length 73:40
Label ECM
Jazz Composer's Orchestra chronology
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Relativity Suite
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Jazz Composer's Orchestra is a double album from the Jazz Composer's Orchestra recorded over a period of six months with Michael Mantler as composer, leader and producer.[2] Many of the key figures in avant-garde jazz from the time contributed on the album including Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, Roswell Rudd and Carla Bley.

The album's finale features a two-part concerto for Cecil Taylor and orchestra of which Brian Olewnick of Allmusic states "The breadth of this piece, its expansiveness, and its tension between order and chaos is one of the single high-water marks of avant-garde jazz. Communications is a masterwork in and of itself and laid the basis for stunning work by others in decades hence, notably Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composer's Orchestra. It's an essential document for anyone interested in avant jazz and late-20th century creative music"[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Michael Mantler.

  1. "Communications #8" – 14:03
  2. "Communications #9" – 8:14
  3. "Communications #10" – 13:42
  4. "Preview" – 3:29
  5. "Communications #11" (part 1) – 15:32
  6. "Communications #11" (part 2) – 18:14



  1. ^ Olewnick, Brian (2011). "Communications - Jazz Composer's Orchestra | AllMusic". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ ECM Catalogue accessed August 11, 2010
  3. ^ Owelnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed 10 July 2009