Feature CD Of The Week: Jack Cooper's "Mists: Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra"
For Release: August 31, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 8/31/2014
The Feature CD of the Week, for this first week of September 2014, is from a good
friend and colleague. The album is entitled Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra arranged by Jack Cooper.
This is a long awaited project that has been a dream of Jack's since he was very young.
Charles Ives was a 20th Century modernist composer, who mixed American popular and
church music traditions with European art music.
Though he was largely ignored during his life, over time he became regarded as an
American original. Cooper says, "I always suspected that Charles Ives had the makings
of a great jazz composer.”
Now Cooper has transformed the music into 21st Century big band music that is subtle,
yet swinging. Produced by Tomas Bellino, Luis Bonilla (who also plays trombone on
the set), the band is a collection of the best New York players, and the tunes are
catchy and bold.
Jazz Lovers can appreciate the "voice" of Charles Ives through these exciting new