avant jazz


V.19 No.6 | 2/11/2010
Mark Weaver’s UFO Ensemble visits the fun house.
Mark Jackson-Weaver

Jazzed

Mark Weaver’s UFO Ensemble

Well-engineered tunes support free, focused improvisation

Mark Weaver—tuba player, composer and founder of the UFO Ensemble—interlaces written and freely improvised elements to construct sturdy, expressive tunes capable of bearing the full weight of his collaborators’ imaginations. At turns bluesy, boppish, swinging, funky, concrete and organic, his compositions promote a focused but freewheeling conversation among the quartet’s musicians. The dialogue engages listeners even as it challenges the suppositions of some.

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