The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Blistering telepathy
Jim Hobbs
Fully Celebrated Orchestra
Taylor Ho Bynum
Jim Hobbs
Timo Shanko
Django Carranza
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Cambridge, MA

Release Date: 
May 14, 2002
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
Marriage of Heaven and EarthiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
2.The Kelpi11:04
3.Ol' Sow Rooted 'em Up07:56$0.99
5.A Tree Is Me04:50$0.99
6.Aware of Vacuity10:34
7.Reconcillation of Heaven and Earth03:44$0.99
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These grooves and post-Bop squall would do Ornette Coleman proud. This is fiercely-played jazz, not for the weak of heart.

The Fully Celebrated Orchestra is a completely-dedicated hardcore Freedom Jazz ensemble from Boston, Mass. This is fiercely-played jazz, not for the weak of heart. It is smart music with a sly sense of humor, played with a passion that is rarely seen in this modern age. One of the leaders of the new school of jazz iconoclasts that are as comfortable in rock clubs as they are playing with jazz legends. This new CD features seven Jim Hobbs compositions recorded live at the Green Street Grill, Cambridge. 

Boston Music Awards, Outstanding Jazz Act, 2000 Boston Phoenix Music Poll, Best Local Jazz Act, 2000


“The FCO navigates the quick tempos with blistering force and telepathic closeness.” - Jerome Wilson


Grooves with smarts With so many jam bands laying down heavy grooves and lightweight music in the name of jazz, it’s good to hear the Fully Celebrated Orchestra demonstrate that one does not have to exclude the other. A week ago last Wednesday night at the Regattabar, mental and physical energy were evenly matched as the band marked the release of their new CD, Marriage of Heaven and Earth (Innova), and premiered a newly commissioned suite by alto-saxophonist Jim Hobbs. Hobbs and cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum  opened the first set from the back of the room, exchanging bits of "As the Crow Flies" as they moved toward the stage. By the time they were in position, bassist Timo Shanko was snapping out lyric, folk-like melodies that were given a sharp edge by the abruptness of his attack. Drummer Django Carranza leapt in with an explosive bass-drum bomb and began a steady tattoo of tom-tom and snare patterns that locked in with the bass. Carranza and Shanko blend together exceptionally well, their dark sonorities creating the shifting foundation of the music, a low-register earthquake rumble that’s at once unstable and rock solid. Bynum  provided a gentle contrast to the boiling rhythm team as he let his lines flow smoothly over the beat, dove down into it momentarily with a couple of short riffs, then broke his lines into a glittery mosaic of fragments. - Ed Hazell


Top 5 of 2002. If you can't get enough of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, back when they made those great Atlantic recordings, they check out this young band from the Boston area. Three of them, saxophonist Jim Hobbs, drummer Django Carranza, and bassist Tim Shanko, had been playing together for some time, but what makes this album special and brings the group up a dozen notches is the addition of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum. He is one of those once-in-a-lifetime talents who can play everything and always sound like himself. Remarkable technique, inventiveness, energy…Bynum can really "talk" with that horn of his, and the tunes he's written are mad genius. (Check out his recent Duets (Wesleyan) 2002 with Anthony Braxton.)


Marriage of Heaven and Earth is fifty minutes of searing and heavy music from this very exceptional band. - Mark Corroto


(The Fully Celebrated Orchestra) gives you new faith in modern improvised music's consistent rejuvenation. - Ken Waxman