Matt Lavelle’s compositional focus is on wide-ranging improvising from not only master jazz players like Ras Moshe and Charlie Waters, but pioneering players on traditionally classical instruments including Claire de Brunner on bassoon and Gil Selinger on cello. These seemingly disparate worlds live together in harmolodic comfort and explosive musicality that is also simultaneously big band and improvising chamber orchestra.
Lavelle’s familiarity with his band allows each instrumentalist’s radiance to shine through via his writing and conduction. What’s most important, though, is this band/orchestra/constellation swings and grooves whether they’re taking you to Alpha Centuri or New Orleans.
LEE ODOM – soprano saxophone and clarinet
FRANÇOIS GRILLOT – double-bass