Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra
|Mists: The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra|
|Studio album by Various artists
|Released||22 August 2014|
|Recorded||4 and 6 of April 2014|
|Jack Cooper chronology|
|Planet Arts Recordings 101420|
Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra is an internationally acclaimed jazz album produced by Planet Arts Recordings and released in August 2014. The recording is centered on Charles Ives' art song arranged for 17 piece jazz orchestra by composer Jack Cooper; this is a Third stream approach to jazz made more widely know by earlier band leaders and composers such as Paul Whiteman, Gunther Schuller, George Russell and Don Sebesky. The album is archived in the both the United States Library of Congress and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek as a historically significant sound recording.
Noted Ives scholar Gayle Magee writes,"These recordings preserve the essence of (Ives) classics...while offering a fresh, modern reinterpretation for Ives fans and jazz enthusiasts alike." The album was named as one of the Top 10 Jazz CDs for 2014 in the Chicago Tribune by music critic Howard Reich and also peaked at #8 in radio airplay in the Roots Music Report for top albums in Canada for October 26, 2014. Reich comments about the CD, "Can the gnarly, rhythmically complex, densely scored works of Ives be transformed (sic)? ...arranger Cooper accomplishes it brilliantly, applying a jazz aesthetic to Ives classics..."
- 1 Background
- 2 The Individual Works from MISTS
- 3 Promotion
- 4 Critical reception and professional ratings
- 5 Track listing
- 6 Recording Sessions
- 7 Personnel
- 8 Charts
- 9 Release history
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Hearing Ives for the first time
Jack Cooper grew up in a musical household in the greater Los Angeles area. His mother (Georgie Cooper) was a professional keyboardist, and numerous musicians visited their house to rehearse and give recitals; his Godfather (Robert Voris) was one of those. Voris was one of the first vocal soloists (baritone) with the William Hall Master Chorale in the late 1950s and at one point recorded a LP of classical art song with his mother in October 1963, just 5 months after Cooper was born. Many works were recorded for the LP to include Charles Ives' songs. The Ives titles recorded on the master tapes were The Greatest Man, Serenity, Evening and Charlie Rutlage. This sound became normal for Cooper to hear at home. He heard Ives' songs performed for about 10 years until both his mother and Voris were too busy to perform regular recitals together any longer.
Ives music played in school
During the 1980s Cooper heard and played a great deal of Charles Ives works in music school such as the Country Band March, The Unanswered Question, The Camp-Meeting, and his other symphonies. He went on to work professionally as a full-time jazz musician for about 6 years and then entered the University of Texas at Austin to do a doctorate in music composition. By that time he had a great deal of experience as a professional staff writer doing jazz orchestra works. Along with Ives, a great love of his is writing for large jazz groups such as what Fletcher Henderson, Ellington, Basie, Gil Evans, etc. had composed. At one point while living in New York City he studied with the jazz composer Manny Albam; Albam was very encouraging later in the pursuit of the Mists/Ives jazz orchestra project.
Ives songs made into dissertation
Cooper first attended classes at the UT Austin in late 1995; one of those was with musicologist Elliott Antokoletz. In Antokoletz' book Twentieth Century Music (Prentice Hall), Chapter 7 is devoted to music in the United States and specifically Charles Ives is analyzed for 10 pages. Elliott Antokoletz uses Ives' The Cage as a key departure point. The Cage ended up becoming the first of the Ives works Cooper arranged for jazz orchestra; an experiment on how to use more disparate 'Americana' material to arrange and orchestrate rather than typical 'tin pan alley' songs. Cooper's arrangements preserve Ives' work while undergoing a transformation to a jazz aesthetic, "...(the) unexpected places we hear in jazz, and wanna' hear in jazz."
In 1997 Cooper undertook a dissertation project to find music suitable for jazz orchestra that would push the boundaries of how to orchestrate in that idiom. This was a Third Stream approach of melding a prominent American classical composer with the idiom of full 17 piece jazz orchestra. Charles Ives music was decided upon due to the composer's distinctly American style and approach to melodically and harmonically challenging material. The fundamental idea was to use Ives’ “vocal lieder” written for piano and voice much the way arrangers have used songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, or Duke Ellington as the inspiration for large jazz orchestra source material (his most basic ideas). Over 160 songs of Ives songs were considered and a master list was derived from numerous volumes of song collections, the Complete Songs of Charles Ives (in four volumes) were used as the primary audio reference. The lengthy process of making master lists and doing study of many Ives’ songs was vital to eventually completing the Mists album. The first three works used in that dissertation were The Cage, The Last Reader and Tom Sails Away; the work is listed as a noted text in both "Charles Ives: A Guide to Research" and "A Charles Ives omnibus". Cooper's orchestrations of The Cage and Tom Sails Away were also recorded on CDs by university jazz ensembles. These would later become studio demo recordings for record labels. Both the Mists recording and treatise are housed in the University of Texas Libraries for artists and researchers.
In mid-January 1998 a visit was made by Cooper to the Gilmore Music Library at Yale University in New Haven, CT in order to study the archives of Charles Ives’ music; the original manuscripts with Ives hand written notes and corrections. At that time Cooper also met with noted Ives scholar James Sinclair. A great deal of important information and analysis was obtained that would help complete both the dissertation and writing of the rest of the five works for the Mists album.
Charles Ives jazz orchestra recording
In 2000 the idea came about to do an entire CD of Charles Ives works for jazz orchestra to be completed with the Summit Jazz Orchestra in Munich, Germany. Due to lack of funding the project fell through but the whole album of eight of Ives songs arranged for a jazz orchestra had been completed by Cooper. Although there were setbacks, a meeting with Bob Brookmeyer during this time was very encouraging with the legendary composer giving his approval of Cooper's scores. Executive producer Thomas Bellino with Planet Arts Recordings become very interested in the recording project and approached Cooper for the permission to produce the CD late in 2002. An initial grant from the Aaron Copland Fund For Recorded Music was obtained for $10,000 but numerous difficulties with copyrights and production costs had to be worked out which prolonged the recording timeline. Finally in November 2013, Jack Cooper met with longtime friend and musical collaborator Luis Bonilla; the project moved ahead with Bonilla as producer, contractor and musician.
For the recording Bonilla drew players from three high profile jazz orchestras in New York City: Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Mingus Dynasty Big Band. Bonilla was careful to contract musicians that both had high level skills as ensemble players as well as being some of the most adept and known jazz soloists in New York. The demanding level of the music and solo spaces proved required this; there was limited time to rehearse and record the entire CD during April 2–6 of 2014. The CD was recorded by a full jazz orchestra (live, no overdubs) on April 4, 2014 at Systems Two Recording in Brooklyn, New York with extra recording of two solos by trumpeter Terell Stafford completed on April 6 at Lighthouse Recording on Staten Island. Grammy award winning sound engineers Mike Marciano and Ed Reed were used for the recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
The remainder of the budget needed ($18,750) was obtained through the crowd funding site Indiegogo during a highly successful campaign during 25 days in June 2014. As part of that fundraising initiative a category of pledges was developed to lend an important educational aspect to production and support of the project. A donor gave $3000 (part of the Indiegogo) in order to have Cooper visit the University of Northern Iowa campus on April 8–10, 2015 and work with the jazz ensemble in the School of Music. Five of the Mists/Ives jazz orchestra works were performed as well as a new work that was commissioned from Cooper for the group.
Album cover and design
Special note is to be taken in consideration of the album design due to its significance to Charles Ives and his catalogue of works. While in the process of producing the Mists album artwork and design during the summer of 2014, Executive producer Thomas Bellino and his wife Terry Lamacchia (professional photographer) ventured north to the Housatonic River near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Early in the morning several cover photographs were taken for the CD package allowing for a 'Mist' to be available early at sunrise over the Housatonic River. The cover is entitled "The Housatanic at Stockbridge" taken in the mid-summer of 2014, directly related to the Charles Ives' work and the third movement of Three Places in New England.
Great care was taken by the design firm of Philip Pascuzzo (Pepco Studios) in Albany, New York to integrate the overall album design into the cover artwork. The austere colors of forest green, gray, black and white perfectly match the vision the album producers/artists were aiming for with the release of Mists. When submitted by Mr. Pascuzzo, unanimous approval was given by Bellino, Bonilla and Cooper. The liner notes were composed and edited by professional technical writer Sarah Cooper Douglas. The notes outline the program and include a famous quote about Ives from the expressionist Austrian composer and painter Arnold Schönberg. Along with Ives, Cooper closely studied the musical works of Schönberg and Alban Berg.
The Individual Works from MISTS
Of all eight Ives original songs, Mists is the shortest with The Cage a close second. The implications are a great deal of material was developed based on only a very few melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas. References can be heard to Dee Barton's writing he did for Stan Kenton and some of Thad Jones writing for his own jazz orchestra; a mix of the two. A comparison can be made to Beethoven's Sinfonia Eroica being so complex but only using a simple Eb major triad; Mists consists of only two whole-tone scales, a small chord stream, and a simple major triad to end. The arrangement was developed from only little musical material.
The Last Reader
The Last Reader is a more traditional setting that was one of the less complicated Ives arrangements to complete. It is set in three-quarter time. The arranger borrows Ives' idea of having two groups playing at once in harmonic and rhythmic conflict; this is on the front and back of the arrangement. The song itself is one of Ives' longer ones and is rich in harmonic material; Cooper's work is a huge exercise in new chord colors achieved for a large jazz ensemble using Ives' language.
The Children's Hour
From the outset Cooper leaves The Children's Hour alone as much as possible. It is a complete piece that Ives based on the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem; the harmonic and rhythmic language of Ives needed to be kept intact. Ives' original worked very well but is put to an Ahmad Jamal, Poinciana type of jazz feel. The Children's Hour was also inspired by the music of Manny Albam, whom Cooper had studied with in New York during the early 1990s.
Tom Sails Away
The longest and most complex of all Ives' works chosen for the recording was Tom Sails Away. The harmonic and rhythmic ideas used are jazz and fusion but the formal layout is borrowed strictly from classical music, modified from the 14th century French Rondeau poetry form. It is transformed into a huge Rondo due to Ives' use of separate vignettes to tell the story contained within the entire song.
The Camp Meeting
The Camp-Meeting shows up in Ives' catalogue in several forms. Regardless of which you are familiar with, the opening and closing of the work have a traditional American brass band sound. The middle of the arrangement is converted into a bossa nova and again was an exercise in new harmonic concepts taken from Ives' work.
Ives had a love for American hymns and transforming them into his own work. Watchman! is originally a Christmas hymn written by Boston choirmaster Lowell Mason in 1830. Undoubtedly this is a hymn Ives played as an organist in Danbury, Connecticut in the late 1800s; he made it his own. His mixing of tonalities is recognizable throughout the work; Cooper uses Ives' devices and makes this into a more uptempo jazz waltz.
At the River
Again Ives fondness for religious hymns shows up in (Shall We Gather) At the River. It resonated for Cooper because of hearing his mother play this for church services on the organ (Cooper was her page turner many times as a child). Like Ives, Cooper wanted a feeling of familiarity and newness all at once --- having the hymn tune, though familiar, emerge as a new idea; more striking and 'swinging' rather than its original context.
The Cage is the very first of the eight written; ironically, many consider this to be the Tour De Force of the recording. This contains many influences to generate compositional ideas from such a small but important Ives work. All the way from Bob Brookmeyer to Arnold Schoenberg and all in between; many other composers can be traced in the arrangmement. The small piece morphs into a 24 measure minor blues and then moves away leaving the listener hanging much like the philosophical question asked in the original Ives tune...'is life anything like that?' An interesting aside is the B3 organ heard on The Cage is the same instrument used on the famous 1968 pop hit In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
The first unveiling of the Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra CD was to a Memphis NARAS chapter audience on June 26, 2014 at the Stax Museum. The track played that evening was Watchman! and received a very favorable reception. The official CD release for the recording occurred on August 22, 2014 and publicity was handled by Two for the Show Media. The music from the entire CD was performed live for a CD premiere concert in New York at The Cutting Room on November 12, 2014. Planet Arts Records submitted the Mists CD into the first round of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for the categories of Best Arrangement Instrumental or a Cappella, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Improvised Jazz Solo, and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. The media firm Two For The Show was hired to handle all forwarding and promotion of media for the Mists album. Subsequent performances of the music from the Mists CD have been made by the University or Northern Iowa Jazz Band One and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Jazz Band.
Critical reception and professional ratings
Glendale News-Press (L.A.)
Top 10 Jazz Recordings
|BBC Radio 3
|London Jazz News
|All About Jazz||
#10 of top 12 read
reviews of 2014
#1 of top 12
reviews of 2014
|100 Best Albums of 2014
|Roots Music Report's top 100 Jazz Album Chart for 2014||#88|
|LA Jazz Scene
|International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
|Jazz Society of Oregon||Highly favorable|
|Midwest Record||Highly favorable|
|JazzTimes (2)||Highly favorable|
|Jazz Weekly||Highly favorable|
|O's Place Jazz Newsletter|||
Best Jazz Albums of 2014
|KPOO San Francisco
AVOTCJA’s BEST OF FOR 2014
|The Nashville Musician||Highly favorable|
|The Daily News||Highly favorable|
|WDCB Chicago||Highly favorable|
|Rate Your Music|||
The vast majority of reviews from critics, Ives aficionados and educators for Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra were highly favorable. Most all reviews recognize the recording as new territory sought, expanding the musical repertoire for large jazz ensembles. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune placed it #2 of the list of 10 top Jazz Recordings of 2014 writing, "Mists not only does justice by Ives but emerges as one of the most beautiful large-ensemble jazz recordings of the year to date."
Well known author and music critic Ted Gioia recognized the CD on his lists of notable recordings for 2014, “I always suspected that Charles Ives had the makings of a great jazz composer…This is a fun, exciting recording and one of the most creative big band projects of the year.” Noted Ives biographer Gayle Magee, and president of the Charles Ives Society understood the impact of bringing Ives forward to new audiences, "...this CD…presents innovative, exciting arrangements of several of Ive's most popular songs for jazz orchestra. These recordings preserve the essence of classics like 'Mists,' 'The Cage,' and 'At the River' while offering a fresh, modern reinterpretation for Ives fans and jazz enthusiasts alike." Critic Roland Schmenner (Fidellty HiFi und Musik Zeitschrift, Germany) details the extensive background of the Third Stream approach in his feature article from April 8, 2016. He goes onto compliment the recording, "In addition to the phenomenal ‘Groove’ recording, especially intriguing is the peculiar sound aesthetic obtained from Ives'. In short: The Third Stream lives."
Internationally the recording gained high praise with critics in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Jazz Journal's Anthony Troon postulated on the reaction of Ives' himself to the music, giving the CD 4 of 5 stars, "Presumably Ives never heard modern jazz but he would surely have been intrigued and impressed by this." Again the significance of Ives music brought forward is recognized by Jazz Podium’s Tobias Böcker (translation), “...regardless of the (Ives) title, the listening time/music of the CD allows for big band jazz with a very happy, non-pedantic vitality, with great clarity and open musicality.” While the vast majority or reactions were very positive, the music and media critic Tom Hull found the recording lacking, “big band Charles Ives, postmodern but third stream only in that it could use some swing.”
The recording has gained notoriety among composers to include Scott Healy who wrote an extensive blog entry outlining the significance of the work and provides analysis of one of the Ives adaptations. Noted composer for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Mark Taylor and 2014 Grammy nominated composer Dave Slonaker both highly praised the CD at the time of its release.
Musicians: soloists on Mists
One of the clear strengths of the Mists recording recognized by critics is the 'live, in studio' interaction of the band with soloists. Frank Griffith of the London Jazz News remarks, "...Top solos abound from the likes of Billy Drewes and Ivan Renta on saxophone, trumpeter Jim Seeley, pianist, Randy Ingram as well as veteran VJO lead trombonist, John Mosca." The vast majority of writers recognize the spontaneity of each soloist and how each capture the feeling and purpose of the music. Anthony Troon of the U.K. Jazz Journal gives an overall impression of soloists and ensemble fitting together seamlessly, "...most convincingly carried this thought to its logical conclusion with this ensemble...with virtuoso jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford as guest soloist. ...linking solo, duet and trio passages fits naturally to the composer’s melodic invention, with intriguing changes of color and mood." George Harris of Jazz Weekly recognizes other important soloists and individual efforts made by key players, "...Panoramic themes are able to swing on Mists which also includes rich solos by Stafford and Evan Renta/ts. A bluesy cadence feels right (on At The River) with Luis Bonilla’s trombone...you even get some smoky B3 (Randy Ingram) on The Cage, with Vince Cherico driving the band with his drums like a scene from Ben Hur."
Disc jockeys and radio airplay
While the Mists recording endeavored to meld the classical modernist Charles Ives into the ‘modern jazz world,’ jazz disc jockeys and stations were somewhat divided in giving airplay to the album. When following up with D.J.s It was reported by the media company Two For The Show, some stations and program managers did not know what to do with the CD. For several, seeing the Ives name meant “classical” and they sent it to the classical D.J. (being an NPR programmer) or never attempted to hear the CD or program with a misunderstanding of what the music was all about.
Even with misunderstandings by certain radio stations, Mists did well in major markets in the United States; most notably New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Initial programming on Chicago’s WDCB.FM “New Releases Spotlight” reveals, “...Mists gets my pick for big band album of the year. …these songs are simply breathtaking.” Award winning Bay area jazz disc jockey Bradley Stone noted, "...what a gorgeous CD! …Candidate for 'record of the year' in my book!" Mists charted for 18 weeks during the Fall and Winter of 2014/2015 having peaked in the #59 slot in the U.S. (week of October 6, 2014).
Internationally the recording had its most favorable airplay and ratings premiering at the #8 slot in Canada of all albums (all genres) for the week of October 26, 2014. ”Watchman” (track 6) was also chosen for the BBC Radio 3 “Jazz Line” for the week of November 1, 2014 giving the album significant visibility in the U.K. during that time. The jazz disc jockey Jan Johansen of Riviera FM in Torbay, England continues to regularly feature the recording on his ‘The Arrangers Touch’ show on Sunday evenings. It also continues to be a regularly played release on the KMHD Jazz Radio 89.1 FM (NPR, Oregon) into 2016 for jazz D.J. Carlton Jackson on his Sunday evening show, "The Message."
|2.||"The Last Reader"||7:30|
|3.||"The Children's Hour"||8:08|
|4.||"Tom Sails Away"||8:08|
|5.||"The Camp Meeting"||6:51|
|7.||"At The River"||6:16|
|Year||Chart||Type||Song/Album||Peak Position||Chart Date|
|2014||Roots Music Report - Jazz Albums||Album||Mists: Charles Ives
for Jazz Orchestra
|18||November 4, 2014|
|Roots Music Report - Top Albums (Canada )||8||October 26, 2014|
|JazzWeek Airplay Reporting||59||October 6, 2014|
|Canada||October 28, 2014||Planet Arts Records||CD, digital download|
|Japan||August 22, 2014|
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- April 2015 edition of NPR/IPR's Iowa Arts Showcase, Performance by UNI Jazz Band One and Jack Cooper on April 10th, 2015, interview with UNI professor Chris Merz
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- The Last Reader, Charles Ives, original version from 1921
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- The Children's Hour, Charles Ives, original version from 1902.
- Tom Sails Away, original version from 1917
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- The Camp-Meeting, Charles Ives, original version from 1920
- Watchman, Lowell Mason.
- Watchmen!, Charles Ives, original Ives version, 1924
- At The River, Charles Ives, original version, 1916
- The Cage, Charles Ives, original version, 1906
- the B3 organ in Systems Two Recording was acquired from Ultrasonic Studios
- Memphis NARAS membership celebration and listening party for new releases
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