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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell features the 60-piece Brussels Philharmonic and the 11-piece Umbria Jazz Orchestra performing songs arranged by Michael Gibbs.
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  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Classical, Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Chamber Music, Guitar Jazz, Progressive Jazz, Orchestral Jazz
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  1. The Wire
    May 14, 2024
    Orchestras must be the greatest album from a jazz composer since the glory days of Gil Evans. [Jun 2024, p.64]
  2. Apr 19, 2024
    Rife with moments of artfully sustained anticipation, Orchestras is one of Frisell's most accessible and virtuosic recordings.
  3. Apr 19, 2024
    Every tune here would be a candidate for a film score, much of the moody and dramatic material conducive to Hitchcock. .... The Umbria Jazz Orchestra, with its blend of brass and woodwinds versus the heavy string emphasis of the Brussels Philharmonic, adds completely different sonic textures. Ringing guitar notes reverberate and echo with more authority as the ensemble extends them. The blending sounds are captivating, and Frisell’s trio mates also seem more at the forefront.
  4. Mojo
    Apr 19, 2024
    A few sag under the weight of brooding brass and strings - Lookout For Hope, Doom - but others soar - Beautiful Dreamer, Electricity, We Shall Overcome. Ultimately it's a winner. [Jun 2024, p.91]
  5. Uncut
    Apr 19, 2024
    On the first LP, the 60-piece Brussels Philharmonic adds top-heavy accompaniment to his melodic playing. .... On the second LP, however, the 11-member Umbria Jazz Orchestra sounds simultaneously nimbler and heavier. [May 2024, p.32]