Extension (Clare Fischer album)
|Studio album by Clare Fischer|
|Recorded||1963 at Pacific Jazz Studios|
|Clare Fischer chronology|
|All About Jazz||favorable|
Extension is the third album by composer/arranger/keyboardist Clare Fischer, and his first for big band, recorded and released in 1963 on the Pacific Jazz label, reissued on CD (together with the 1967 LP, Songs for Rainy Day Lovers) in 2002 as America the Beautiful, and, under its original name, in 2012.
Reviewing the 2012 CD reissue for All About Jazz, Troy Collins calls Extension Fischer's "masterpiece," representing "a majestic culmination of his concepts, drawing upon myriad influences, including rich Ellingtonian voicings, the angular harmonic intervals of bebop, and bold modernist innovations proffered by classical composers such as Béla Bartók and Dmitri Shostakovich." Expanding on this notion, Collins continues:
Counter to the norms of the time, these meticulously scored big-band charts are light on extended improvisation—but intentionally so—as Fischer considered the relationship between composition and arrangement equally important. Maintaining thematic control as primary soloist, Fischer proves to be a concise, yet original interpreter, demonstrated by his adroit pianism on the impressionistic tone poem "Quiet Dawn." His kaleidoscopic Hammond organ work, revealed elsewhere on the record, is equally colorful.
Alternating with the leader for the spotlight is tenor saxophonist Jerry Coker... Together Fischer and Coker accentuate the date's prismatic colors and variegated moods, which are by turns charmingly old fashioned, like the breezy "Ornithardy," or subversively modern, such as the jaunty "Igor," dedicated to Stravinsky. As part of the same continuum that includes Gil Evans, Stan Kenton and Gary McFarland, Fischer reveals a distinctive and unique compositional style. Accessible and sophisticated, Extension is a welcome reissue that will entertain and engage curious listeners on multiple levels.
All compositions by Clare Fischer.
- "Ornithardy" - 3:29
- "Quiet Dawn" - 4:36
- "Bittersweet" - 3:43
- "Igor - 3:23
- "Extension" - 6:32
- "Solette" - 1:08
- "Passacaglia" - 3:16
- "Canto Africano" - 3:54
- Clare Fischer - piano
- John Lowe - 1st flute and alto flute (2-4, 8); e-flat contra bass clarinet, baritone sax and clarinet (1, 5-7), piccolo (1-8)
- Sam Most - 2nd flute, alto flute, piccolo (2-4, 8)
- Bud Shank - flute, alto sax (1, 5-7)
- Don Shelton - E-flat clarinet, alto sax
- Ben Kantor - clarinet (2-4, 8)
- Louis Ciotti - clarinet (2-4, 8)
- Gary Foster - E-flat alto clarinet, tenor sax
- Jerry Coker - tenor sax (1, 5-7), bass clarinet (2-4, 8)
- Jack Nimitz - E-flat contra bass clarinet, baritone sax
- Vince De Rosa - 1st horn (2-4, 8)
- Richard Perissi - 2nd horn (2-4, 8)
- Fred Teuber - 3rd horn (2-4, 8)
- Gil Falco - tenor trombone
- Bobby Knight - bass trombone
- Tommy Johnson - tuba
- Bob West - bass
- Larry Bunker - vibes (2-4, 8), drums (1, 5-7)
- Colin Bailey - drums (2-4, 8) - drums.
- Collins, Troy. "Clare Fischer Extension (2012)". All About Jazz. April 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- "Clare Fischer: America the Beautiful (Overview)" (Rating of CD including both Extension & Songs for Rainy Day Lovers). Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- Marc Myers: "Clare Fischer: Extension (1963)" JazzWax. June 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- "America the Beautiful (Musical CD, 2002)". WorldCat. Retrieved 2013-03-18
- "Extension (Musical CD, 2012)". WorldCat. Retrieved 2013-03-18