A formidable coming together led by the UK's foremost exponent of the remarkable world of John Zorn something of a label regular on Tzadik London arranger and composer Sam Eastmond. Commissioned by Zorn, who turns 70 in September, to select and arrange from his massive 2015 composed work The Bagatelles, Eastmond conducts an adventurous 12-piece who inject a Mingus like fervour to the sound - the front line saxists including Chris Williams and Emma Rawicz & trumpeters Noel Langley and Charlotte Keefe. The fiery rhythm section also brandishes Let Spin's Moss Freed on guitar particularly significant on '74' while fine newcomer bassist Fergus Quill often proves pivotal as the ensemble gain traction. You derive almost an antique sense of jungle period Duke Ellington in the trumpet foray on '78' but just as often the ensemble rip into a post modernistic routine ('63') in a feast of styles that prove a rollercoaster of a ride and an exultant way to mark Zorn's 70th.
Out on 8 September
The Eastmond ensemble plays Cafe Oto in London on 19 September. The release is part of a 4 CD box set also featuring work by Peter Evans, Ben Goldberg and the Chris Speed-Jon Irabagon Quartet with John Zorn.
Tour de force from Sam Eastmond, above. Photo: press