When does a cult become a “collective”? That’s up for discussion at our next clambake, but meanwhile, consider the SFJAZZ Collective and give their new recording a listen. It’s hip. It’s sublime. And the musicians play like a well-oiled machine.
The ensemble’s fourteenth limited-edition set, SFJAZZ Collective Live: SFJAZZ Center 2017 – Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk is available this month. The single, “Give the Drummer Some” came out ealier this month. The full album is currently on sale on all platforms. The SFJAZZ Collective will celebrate the album’s release at Jazz Standard in New York, NY. Physical copies will include the two-cds and a Bonus DVD of live concert footage captured at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.
Recorded over four nights at the SFJAZZ Center from October 26-29, 2017, this collection consists of one CD of new pieces composed by each member of the current SFJAZZ Collective with a second CD of fresh versions of tunes from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and Stevie Wonder. These tunes appear on past releases and were arranged by former SFJAZZ Collective members including saxophonist Joshua Redman, trumpeter Dave Douglas, arranger Gil Goldstein, and trumpeter Avishai Cohen.