Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra

Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra is a live album by multi-instrumentalist Alan Silva. It was recorded in May 1999 at St. Nicholas of Myra Church in New York City during the annual Vision Festival, and was released in 2001 by Eremite Records. On the album, Silva is joined by a large ensemble known as the Sound Visions Orchestra.[1][2]

Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra
Live album by
RecordedMay 31, 1999
VenueSt. Nicholas of Myra Church, New York City
GenreFree jazz
LabelEremite Records
ProducerMichael Ehlers
Alan Silva chronology
Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra
Emancipation Suite

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]

In a review for AllMusic, Steve Loewy wrote: "Silva gathered some of the cream of the East Coast avant-garde for this huge production... The results are loud, brash, brassy, and violent, pulverizing with squalls of power... All three parts of the composition are laced with plenty of solos, which explode with giddiness... This is a majestic and magnificent recording, and if it is difficult to listen to at one setting, it is nonetheless worth the effort."[3]

The authors of the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings stated: "the recording quality simply isn't good enough to handle such a complex entity, and some absorbing solos and ensemble passages get lost in the mix."[4]

Derek Taylor, writing for All About Jazz, commented: "The sheer magnitude of the instrumental arsenal at Silva's disposal makes for some unbelievably dense collective dissonance and the undulating unified sound fills the audio space in gargantuan gusts... With the Visions Orchestra Silva has accomplished a rare feat in creative improvised music, a sustainable large-piece ensemble that makes full and impressive use of both its girth and diversity."[5]

In an article for Paris Transatlantic, Dan Warburton wrote: "when [Silva's] 23-piece Sound Visions Orchestra is in full flight, we might as well be back in the glory days of the Celestrial Communication Orchestra... Silva, like nobody else I can think of except perhaps Cecil Taylor, knows just how to set ensembles on fire... Play this mother loud and let these guys throw their sound against your walls."[6]

Track listing edit

Composed by Alan Silva.

  1. "I" – 21:26
  2. "II" – 17:56
  3. "III" – 13:14

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra". Jazz Music Archives. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra". Eremite Records. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Loewy, Steve. "Alan Silva & the Sound Visions Orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. Penguin Books. p. 1298.
  5. ^ Taylor, Derek (May 1, 2001). "Alan Silva: Alan Silva & The Sound Visions Orchestra". All About Jazz. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Warburton, Dan (September 2001). "More September News 2001". Paris Transatlantic. Retrieved May 11, 2022.