10 Songs, 1 Hour 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Based on poems by the late Allen Grossman, Orphic Machine by his former student Ben Goldberg is filled with delicately nuanced, chamber music–like pieces performed by a rotating all-star jazz band led by Goldberg on clarinet with Carla Kihlstedt singing the adapted lyrics. Highlights include the increasingly expansive “Immortality” and the title track, as well as the elegant episodic pop of “Care.” “What Was That” (which swings deeply on the strength of Greg Cohen’s bass) and the swirling “Line of Less Than Ten” are more concise but no less arresting. It's rare that jazz this ambitious is so fully realized.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Based on poems by the late Allen Grossman, Orphic Machine by his former student Ben Goldberg is filled with delicately nuanced, chamber music–like pieces performed by a rotating all-star jazz band led by Goldberg on clarinet with Carla Kihlstedt singing the adapted lyrics. Highlights include the increasingly expansive “Immortality” and the title track, as well as the elegant episodic pop of “Care.” “What Was That” (which swings deeply on the strength of Greg Cohen’s bass) and the swirling “Line of Less Than Ten” are more concise but no less arresting. It's rare that jazz this ambitious is so fully realized.

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