The newest album, Instruments of Mass Pleasure was recorded in February of 2005 and released October 18th. It is the first CJO album recorded in the studio and the first to feature entirely original compositions. The arrangements are tight and controlled, but the soloists and rhythm section play with the freedom that has become a trademark of the CJO.
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Heroes was recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland in December
of 1999, released in fall of 2001.
The line-up included Pitts along with Marty Wehner,
Eric Crystal, Chuck MacKinnon, Tony Corman, Danny Spencer,
etc... At the time of this recording, the band had several
years experience and the concert included powerful and
exciting performances. Veteran CJO vocalist Duane Lawrence is featured
on two tracks.
Monday in the City was recorded in December of
2001 and released in April of 2002. Recorded at Jazz
at Pearl's by Jeff Cressman, this album captured the
CJO on its final Monday performance of the year. Under the
direction of Alex Budman, the orchestra featured some
new faces including Matt Clark, Mike Olmos, Charles
McNeal, Gene Burkert and Andrew Eberhard. The recording
produced great solo performances as well as a cohesive
to find these albums:
Live at Pearl's and Trench Heroes are available through
More information about Monday in the City is available at cdbaby.com, but unfortunately the remaining copies have been sold.