By Ornette Coleman | Arranged for Five Cellos by David Sanford | 4′
Composer: Ornette Coleman
Arranged by: David Sanford
Year Composed: 1961/2010
Instrumentation: Five Cellos
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0311
Listen to an excerpt of W.R.U.:
Who’s playing? Matt Haimovitz + Uccello
David Sanford writes in the liner notes to the Oxingale recording:
W.R.U. (1961) by Ornette Coleman is originally from the saxophonist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer)’s Ornette ! album featuring a quartet of alto, trumpet, bass and drums, which this version follows with three cellos. However this version is closer in intent and style to the more punk/thrash 1988 version by John Zorn on his Spy vs. Spy album featuring a quintet of two altos and drummers and a single bassist. The polyphonic solo section borrows and combines ideas used by Coleman, trumpeter Don Cherry, and altoists John Zorn and Tim Berne on both versions, along with several motifs of Coleman’s from other improvisations.
This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ album Meeting of the Spirits. Click here to go to the album page on iTunes.