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The Chitinous Ensemble

Chitinous (LP)

Label: Cosmic Jazz

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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Big Big Tip! Certainly one of the most obscure and perhaps one of the most fascinating work of the English jazz revolution. Master of ceremonies is cellist Paul Buckmaster, known for his work with the Third Ear Band and for his (later) collaborations with Miles Davis, David Bowie and Elton John. Chitinous is his the only album as leader and it was recorded between 31 March and 13 April 1970, by an orchestra of no less than 51 players, with violins, violas and cellos. In this enormous line-up we find the cream of English musicians involved, starting with trumpeter Ian Carr and ending with drummer John Marshall. The leader is on cello, his main instrument, but also on keyboards, which he shares with the excellent Pete Robinson. The music is organized in suites, with very broad suggestions that draw from classical and contemporary music and then move back into jazz territory.

Cat. number: COSMJA001
Year: 2024

 Recorded March 31st, 1970 A2: Recorded April 13th, 1970 A3: Recorded April 1st, 1970 B1: Recorded April 2nd, 1970 Originally released in 1971.