Wacko Jazz

[spring/summer 1974]

Johnny Ellis: Drums, voice, composer
Ben Miller: Alto Saxophone, composer
Laurence Miller: Bb and Bass Clarinet, composer
Donny Davis: Alto Saxophone, composer

Conrad Gary Csogi {alternating w/Johnny}Drums

THE NOVA MOB  (name taken from William Burroughs' book THE NOVA MOB)  was a Boston based band born from the ashes
THE CRUZONIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE. The Mob formed shortly after The Ensemble's recital concert at Berklee College
February 19th, 1974. Though still retaining a lose free form improvisation, The Mob's compositions became
more closely knit and of higher contrast as opposed to the heavier handed Cruzonic approach.

The Heart of  THE NOVA MOB below
[June 1974 Boston]

LAURENCE: snorkel    BENJAMIN: spray paint, etc.    JOHNNY: cymbal for a hat and whistle, maybe...



           By 1974 Laurence was reported to waking up to music in his head composed by the clanking rhythms of the steam radiator in
           his bedroom. Inspired by this random subconscious intrusion, he devised a simple, barbaric system he called "Mirror Image Harmony". 
           An idea in which concert C represented concert C, where B then was C#, and A# then was D, and so on and so forth until you got back to
           C ~ being C again. 
This paved the way for developmental guess work in composition as close to John Cage as Laurence had ever hoped                     he'd ever get.

"Uh... what kind of harmony are you using in this composition, sir?

"Mirror Image ..."

"  __________________  " 


                                                 Laurence Miller playing his bass clarinet bell-mouthpiece combo along side Johnny Ellis

 expressing attitude on the roof of Symphony Road apartments in Boston summer 1974

 The music of THE NOVA MOB will some day be digitally remastered and

set forth on an independent CD collection.  That'll be the day.

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