The 9th+Lincoln Orchestra is proud to present a new and innovative recording on the Dazzle Records imprint. The album features five innovative compositions by 9th+Lincoln founder Tyler Gilmore, two by co-composer Wil Swindler, and collaborations with Greg Harris, Dave Devine, and DJ This That and The Other. Colorado's finest jazz performers are showcased on the recording such as Paul Romaine, Mark Simon, Peter Sommer, Dominic Lalli, Mark Harris, Brad Goode, Tom Ball, and many more. In the spirit of Denver's thriving music scene, the album features a mix of traditional big band craft with electronic and rock music influences to a degree that is un-precedented in the big band genre.
The 9th and Lincoln Orchestra is a musical project aiming to marry Denver's finest jazz players with new streams in the world of big band composition; to combine the shapes and textures of the new generation's aesthetic with the standard jazz ensemble. Its repertoire bridges the gap between jazz tradition and modern musical forms. The band features the finest performers in Colorado's music scene including members of Future Jazz Project, Convergence, The Ken Walker Sextet, The Czars, Hamster Theatre, and Jazz Faculty from all of the fine college music programs in the region.
9th+Lincoln was formed in 2005 by Tyler Gilmore, the leader/conductor/and main composer for the ensemble. Inspired by his experiences at the Henry Mancini Institute he began forming the group in the Fall of 2005. Since then the band has steadily refined their sound and music library, focusing more on original music and tending toward a sound as influenced by electronic music and modern classical as standard jazz big band repertoire.
9th+lincoln's CD will be the first recording to be released on Dazzle Jazz Club's new label, DAZZLE RECORDS. Dazzle plans to grow and expand the label to represent many of the finest jazz musicians in the region, including live and studio recordings. Watch out for more releases to come.
Tyler Gilmore has been writing and playing music since he was nine years old. He grew up in rural Wyoming, where he discovered music on his mother's upright piano and found inspiration in a number of great teachers in the area.
He is now based in Denver, CO. He is currently pursuing various artistic goals with his jazz large ensemble 9th+lincoln, as well as other groups. He also teaches composition privately. His music can be found at UNC Jazz Press as well as his own publishing company, Minor Ninths Publishing.
Westword, December 12th 2007 -
Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra
Tyler Gilmore’s ensemble is working hard to expand the boundaries of jazz.
By Jon Solomon
In high school, Tyler Gilmore had widely varied tastes. The burgeoning composer was into acts like the Smashing Pumpkins and Aphex Twin, but he was equally fixated on transcribing Miles Davis solos to play on his trumpet. After college, Gilmore attended a series of summer workshops taught by Maria Schneider at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. By then, he knew he wanted to form a band that reflected all of his disparate influences. He really didn't have anyone to play with at the time, however, so he turned to Schneider, one of the jazz world's most celebrated orchestra composers and arrangers, for some advice.
"I want to write music," he told her during a lesson. "I live in Denver. I'm not in school anymore, so I don't have anybody to play it. Where should I go? What should I do? And she was just, like, 'Start a band.'"
As soon as he returned to Denver, Gilmore set about doing just that. He figured that it would be tough to find other members, but as soon as he started making calls to musicians, mostly students, and began presenting his idea of putting together a modern composer orchestra in Denver, some of the top talent in town — players like Dave Devine, Greg Harris, Mark Simon and Paul Romaine — expressed an interest, and the Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra was born. After about a year and a half of playing monthly gigs at Dazzle, where Gilmore handles the booking duties, the seventeen-member Orchestra was ready to record. The tricky part was deciding what pieces to put on an album.
"With each month, it's been sort of a different thing," Gilmore explains. "Each time, we're seeing what's working and what's cool. And then, obviously, most of it has to do with me being the bandleader, like my choices as far as what I like, what's happening and whatnot. So it's sort of a distillation of what's gone on each month in the year and a half before it was recorded."
The results can be heard on Ninth & Lincoln's self-titled debut. On the album, which also happens to be the inaugural release from the freshly minted Dazzle Records imprint, Gilmore takes cues from John Hollenbeck, one of his primary influences, and tends to shy away from dedicated melodies in favor of focusing more on the rhythm section. Elsewhere, the disc features Wil Swindler's arrangement of Björk's "Aeroplane," which the group played last year at Dazzle during a night centered around the Icelandic diva's enigmatic music. The selection itself is a great example of Gilmore's desire to incorporate his broader sensibilities into a jazz framework.
"We're trying to get a lot of sounds that big bands aren't supposed to get, necessarily, or don't usually get," Gilmore points out. "It's been a fun, very social process having the other guys in the band throw in ideas and make it this collective thing, where it's not 100 percent me. It's a lot of their things coming into it."