Magazine article IAJRC Journal

MISTS, Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

MISTS, Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra

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Mists DoAM Ensemble

(Jack Cooper. Director & Arranger)

MISTS, Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra

Planet Arts 101420

Nick Marchionne, John Walsh, Jim Seeley, Scott Wendholt, Terell Stafford (tp) John Mosca, Lois Bonilla, Ray David Alejandre (tb) Frank Cohen, Douglas Purviance (b-tb) Billy Drewes, Andrew Halchak (as) Ivan Renta, Peter Branin (ts) Chris Karlic (bs) Randy Ingram (p, org) Alex Wintz (g) Andy Mckee (b) Vince Cherico (d, perc) Jack Cooper (dir, arr). Brooklyn, NY, April 4, 2014

Mists/The Last Reader/The Children's Hour/Tom Sails Away/The Camp Meeting/Watchmanl/At The River/The Cage. TT 55:36

Mists is the creation of Professor Jack Cooper (b. 1963), a multi-reedist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, who's been the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Memphis since 1988. As a musician (clarinet, saxophone), he played with some notable jazz and pop groups and as an arranger and/or director, he's been involved in over 30 albums, including Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter (Summit), Memphis Jazz Box (Ice House) and Time Within Itself (Origin). Cooper was bit by the jazz bug at an early age: "I knew I wanted to be a musician when I heard Artie Shaw playing the clarinet and Charlie Parker playing the alto sax on my parents 78 records (wow, that is old school!)." Although he enjoyed jazz as a sideman, he found that arranging and directing was his prime interest and this CD is an excellent example of his talent in those areas. As a saxophone/woodwind performer and staff arranger, Dr. Cooper performed, recorded, and toured with the U.S. Army "Jazz Knights" from 1989 to 1995. One critic described his writing style as, "...propulsive and sassy on an initial listen, revealing subtle shadings and intricate nuances upon repeated listening."

The titles are all by Charles Ives (1874-1954), probably not known to many of our members. His music was largely ignored during his lifetime, particularly during the years in which he actively composed. Many of his published works went unperformed even many years after his death. His musical experiments, including his increasing use of dissonance, were not well received by his contemporaries. Cooper: "When I was a boy in the late 1960s, my mother used to accompany professional vocalists visiting our home in Southern California. …

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