Rod Levitt Octet Download
Jul 3, 1964Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI)
Rod Levitt Octet Download
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Total Length:
04:49
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Rod Levitt Octet Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Down Memory Lane03:59
  2. 2Outro00:50
Item Number:
  • 20020390-51287-AD
Date:
  • Jul 3, 1964
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Down Memory Lane03:59
  2. 2Outro00:50
Total Length:
04:49
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Rod Levitt - trombone, composer; Bobby Zottola - trumpet; Gene Allen - baritone sax, bass clarinet; George Marge - tenor sax, flute; Buzz Renn - alto sax; Sy Johnson - piano; John Beal - bass; Ronnie Bedford - drums

Called "the most interesting composer to emerge since Gary McFarland" by Down Beat magazine, Portland native Rod Levitt was a surprise hit during an afternoon appearance at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival. An imaginative writer-arranger and potent soloist, Levitt led his octet through a collection of originals that showed the considerable influence of Duke Ellington as well as modernists like Gil Evans and Leonard Bernstein.

The suite-like "Down Memory Lane" (the lone piece represented here from their July 3rd set) is a kind of miniature history of jazz that incorporates elements of Swing, jazz and free jazz (and is somewhat reminiscent at times of the jazzier aspects of Bernstein's score for West Side Story). Levitt's incredibly disciplined unit executes the challenging music with impeccable precision while occasionally engaging in some stirring collective improvisations. (Milkowski)

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