Reviews that mention Billy Mintz
December 12, 2012
The Book of Hours
17 Themes for Ockodektet
PfMentum CD 010
Fashioning large-scale compositions for a group of improvising players can be approached in at least two ways. One is to create parts for particular musicians, go over every semidemiquaver of the score and through a series of rehearsals and road trips perfect the performance so its note-perfect and ready to be recorded under optimum studio conditions.
Another way is to gather a bunch of your friends and associates for a live concert honoring some important occasion, bring along a bunch of charts which they may or may not have seen before and have them play them. Capture the whole thing direct to DAT and release the resulting product. Saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli and trumpeter Jeff Kaisers CDs offer examples of each of these approaches. MORE