THE NOW ORCHESTRA
(reeds), Ron Samworth
(guitar), Paul Plimley (piano), Kate
Hammett-Vaughn (vocals), Dylan van der Schyff
(drums), Paul Blaney (bass), Clyde Reed (bass), Ralph
Eppel (trombone), Saul Berson (alto sax), John
Korsrud (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Bill Clark
(trumpet), Brad Muirhead (trombone), Mark Nodwell, (soprano sax).
George Lewis (trombone)
Vinny Golia (clarinets, flutes, saxophones)
Paul Cram (clarinet, tenor saxophone)
SPOOL is pleased to release the NOW Orchestra CD, titled WOWOW. Pieces by Ron Samworth (The Yellow Sound), Coat Cooke (Wowow), Paul Cram (The Tyranny of Interest).
What the Critics are Saying:
Incorporating three very long pieces of multiple sections -- by mainstays Cooke and Samworth, as well as by guest soloist Paul Cram -- this date demonstrates the NOW Orchestra's synergy as well as its knowledge of the large ensemble continuum that stretches from Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Basie to Sun Ra, the AACM Experimental Band, and Braxton's Creative Orchestra, all the way to Globe Unity, LJCO, and ICP. Yes, I mean that. Yes, they're that good. Coat Cooke's "Wowow" is one of the best performances I've heard all year ... And perhaps the finest compliment I can muster, this music had me itching to pick up my own instrument and join in. By all means, listen to this.
Produced by Ron Samworth and Coat Cooke.
Recorded live at the Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC on November 14 and 15, 1997.