Jay Clayton, voice
Jane Ira Bloom, alto sax
Harvie Swartz Now Harvie S, bass
Frank Clayton, drums
Heiner Stadler, composer
The Art and Artistry of Heiner Stadler
By Raul da Gama
I am alone in a darkened room, listening to the worlds of two powerful idioms collide. The sound is deafening. The blues is igniting an almighty, catastrophic explosion as it slams into an European classical idiom. The majesty of this proverbial Big Bang ...
LABOR RECORDS REISSUES A PIONEERING CLASSIC
Heiner Stadler's Tribute to Bird and Monk, featuring a sextet of cornetist Thad Jones, tenor saxophonist George Adams, trombonist George Lewis, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Lenny White, takes six compositions by Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk as reimagined by Stadler with out-of-the-box improvisations by some of New York's greatest instrumentalists of the 1970s and remixes them to modern standards by the brilliant engineer Malcom Addey. The result is a critically acclaimed tribute that sounds as fresh and daring today as when it was originally released.
“Tribute is a brilliant mixture of arranged and free jazz, with the strength of the compositions providing a firm foundation.”
DOWN BEAT ***** Five-Stars (top rating)
“The result is a giant step bridging the avant-garde of the ‘forties, bebop, with the avant-garde of today.”
With Two Discs Of Exciting Jazz Composition.
HEINER STADLER'S MASTERWORK FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS FROM AMERICA AND EUROPE, INCLUDING DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, REGGIE WORKMAN, JIMMY OWENS, TYRONE WASHINGTON, JOE FARRELL, LENNY WHITE, MANFRED SCHOOF, WOLFGANG DAUNER AND ALBERT MANGELSDORFF
Brains On Fire presents, for the very first time on two compact discs, some of the innovative early works of pianist/composer Heiner Stadler. These works, written and conceived over 40 years ago, are examples of what are arguably some of the most creatively and unjustly neglected amalgamations of the jazz and contemporary classical traditions. The follow-up release to the critically acclaimed Tribute To Bird And Monk (LAB 7074), Brains On Fire features groundbreaking compositions recorded between 1966 and 1974 that still sound as fresh and stimulating today as when they were first performed. The eight original compositions comprising this remarkable set reveal the mindset of the highly innovative Stadler in his utilization of the instrumental and improvisatory skills of some of the day’s most accomplished players from both the United States and Europe. In bringing together artists of distinctly varied backgrounds and reputations, Stadler defied the separatist system of the time that divided performers into virtually warring camps: classical versus jazz, mainstream versus avant-garde. Composition and improvisation come together, in a confluence that realizes some truly amazing music
Noted author Howard Mandel contributes the illuminating liner notes.
Compositions recorded during a period of just over ten years from the early sixties to the mid-seventies. Stadler, a composer, record producer and impresario, moves across the borders of jazz, blues world and classical music with ease and skill. In Retrospection he emphasizes classical and modern techniques set inside large scale structures within which improvisation plays an integral role.
"...clicks as an absolute must for anyone who likes Dee Dee Bridgewater at all."
–Eugene Chadbourne, Cadence
"...moments that could excite even the most staunch traditional jazzman."
– Billboard's Top Album Pick
"Musicianship, instrumentation, and the interweaving of European and jazz are the tools of Stadler's creativity. This reissue is proof that as a composer and visionary Stadler had few equals and that his music, made for deep listening and not a mere casual encounter, is compelling."
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