The album that The Montreal Gazette called “one of the most original and compelling jazz albums in recent memory” has now been nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Classical Crossover Album. Matt Haimovitz and his all-cello band Uccello’s Meeting of the Spirits features jazz milestones re-imagined for a big band of cellos, arranged by Rome Prize-winning composer David Sanford. The cellos wail, slide, and swing in an all-new big band sound - joined by dazzling musical contributions from guitar legend John McLaughlin, percussionist Matt Wilson and Jan Jarczyk on keyboards - in works by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu), Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn and other jazz greats.
JazzWax praises the album’s "deft dramatic beauty" while NPR.org says that “This agile band of players, led by such a free spirit, makes almost everything sound fresh." Ariama.com calls the album “entirely winning … a terrific, and terrifically fun, release.” The CD is now being featured on over 100 radio stations across North America.
Recorded at McGill University in Montreal and at the legendary Stadium Red in Harlem, NY, Meeting of the Spirits is produced by multi-Grammy Award winner David Frost, also nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical for his work on this album and others.