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"... one of Boston's most ambitious and provocative jazz composers."
The Boston Phoenix

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, CD release show for "A Wallflower In The Amazon"

Featuring: Flute and EWI: Hiro Honshuke
Alto Sax: Alan Chase, Jim Hobbs
Tenor & Soprano saxes, clarinet: Phil Scarf
Baritone Sax and bass clarinet: Melanie Howell
Trumpets: Mike Peipman, Gary Bohan and Forbes Ghram
French Horn: Jim Mosher
Trombones: David Harris and Bob Pilkington
Tuba: Bill Lowe
Vibraphone: Natalie Dietrich
Guitar: Norm Zocher
Piano: Steve Lantner
Drums: Luther Gray
Bass: Alex Smith
Voice: Rebecca Shrimpton

The Jazz Composers Alliance was founded in 25 years ago to support, develop and promote the art of music composition in the jazz idiom. The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra was founded to help realize that goal, and it has been a fixture on Boston's creative music scene ever since its first performance in December 1985. The JCA has released 8 critically acclaimed CDs. The group has performed (and on a few occasions, recorded with) an illustrious group of guest performer/composers, including Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider, Henry Threadgill, Steve Lacy and Oliver Lake. Drawing on influences that span the history of jazz and the world's musical traditions, the JCA Orchestra has brought together a huge palette of sounds, structures and concepts. This group has premiered well over 125 pieces.

Many of the key JCA players are significant bandleaders and composers in their own right, whose ensemble vision equips them with the necessary tools. Members range from Jim Hobbs (of the free-swinging Fully Celebrated trio) to Phil Scarff (of the Indian-jazz quintet Natraj) to top call trumpet player Mike Peipman, fire-breathing trombonists David Harris and Bob Pilkington, and venerable tuba player Bill Lowe. Extraordinary vocalist Rebecca Shrimpton mirrors the band, displaying the ability to sing complex extended melodies with a relaxed jazz feel and to make lyricist Paula Tatarunis' free verse sound conversational.