George Schuller:
Looking Up from Down Below
GM Recordings 3013

LOOKIN' UP FROM DOWN BELOW coverLatest in a long line of musical Schullers, George is one of New York's favorite jazz drummers and composers, as well as being the one-time driving force behind the popular little big band Orange Then Blue

For his first recording as leader, George has assembled some of the top players from New England's extensive jazz scene and set them loose on a collection of his own tunes.  A stunning, visionary debut from a mature and gifted musician.

(See also George's recordings as leader of Orange Then Blue and Schulldogs.)

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"A quality release, with just enough challenging 'out' playing to interest the die-hard avant-guardist and enough mainstream appeal to be accessible to the rest of the listening public."   --Cadence
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Gary Valente, trombone
Matt Darriau, soprano saxophone
Joe Lovano, George Garzone, tenor saxophone
Ben Sher, Bruce Arnold, guitar
John Lockwood, Ed Schuller, bass
George Schuller, drums
1. "Lookin' Up from Down Below" 4:24
2. "Nobody's Here" 8:05
3. "Round Trip" (Ornette Coleman)/"Round 'bout Ornette" 8:01
4. "A Momentary Piece" 5:15
5. "Island Hop" 6:43
6. "Mirror Images" 6:45
7. "Pasta Episodes" 6:11
8. "Curtains" 9:29
All compositions by George Schuller, except as noted.
Recorded on (#1, 3, 7) 15 July 1988 at PBS in Westwood, Massachusetts;  (#2, 4, 5, 6, 8) 13 April & 21 December 1986 at Splice of Life in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Producer: George Schuller
Executive Producer: Gunther Schuller
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