Ode (London Jazz Composers' Orchestra album)

Ode is an album by the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra composed by bassist Barry Guy which was recorded as part of the English Bach Festival at the Oxford Town Hall in 1972 and first released as a double album on the Incus label then as a double CD on Intakt in 1996 with additional material.[1][2][3]

Live album by
Barry Guy and the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra
RecordedApril 22, 1972
VenueOxford Town Hall, England
GenreFree jazz
LabelIncus 6/7
Barry Guy chronology
Zurich Concerts
CD reissue


Professional ratings
Review scores
Penguin Guide to Jazz"Crown"[5]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek called it "among the most profound, hard-swinging, mind-bending exercises they've ever recorded" and states "the result is a stunning array of questions, colors, shapes, timbres, textures, and moods. For Guy to score such an intricate tome, opening up the orchestra is an artistic feat; for it to sound so approachable and welcoming to non-musicians, or those approaching the music tentatively or enthusiastically, Ode is a kind of miracle".[4]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz identified the album as part of their suggested "Core Collection" of essential jazz albums and awarded the compilation a "Crown" signifying a recording that the authors "feel a special admiration or affection for".[5][6][7]

Track listing

All compositions by Barry Guy.

  1. "Part I: Introduction - The End - Edgar Ende, 1931" - 8:58
  2. "Part II: Strophe I - Memory of the Future - Oscar Dominguez, 1939" - 8.56
  3. "Part III: Antistrophe I - Exact Sensibility - Oscar Dominguez, 1935" - 14.11
  4. "Part IV: Strophe II - Indefinite Indivisibility - Yves Tanguy, 1942" - 23.44
  5. "Part V: Antistrophe II - According to the Laws of Chance - Jean Arp, 1917" - 10.56
  6. "Part VI: Epôde - Presence of Mind- René Magritte, 1958" - 19.00
  7. "Part VII: Coda - Melancholy Departure - Georgio de Chirico, 1916" - 11.48 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. Shapiro, R. Sessionography of Barry Guy accessed May 10, 2016
  2. Intakt Records: Barry Guy - London Jazz Composers Orchestra accessed May 10, 2016
  3. Jazzlists: Incus LP discography accessed May 10, 2016
  4. Jurek, Thom. Ode – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  5. Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "London Jazz Composers' Orchestra". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 905. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. Penguin Guide to Jazz: Core Collection List, accessed May 10, 2016
  7. Penguin Guide to Jazz: Crown Albums List, accessed May 10, 2016
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