2 original recordings on 1 CD:
- Reflections (1970)
- Faithful Friends... (1969)
The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble was a rock band of the 60s described as playing "classical baroque rock".
Michael Kamen - Keyboards, Oboe
Martin Fulterman - Drums, Oboe
Brian Corrigan - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Clifton ?ivison - Lead Guitar
Dorian Rudnytsky - Bass Guitar, Cello, Piano, Trumpet, French horn
The band was formed by former classical musicians. Their debut in discography was in 1968 with a self-named album. The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble broke the tradition by using classical music instruments in rock songs and rock instruments in classical pieces. This fusion, daring at the time, impressed legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein so much that he invited the group to appear at one of his Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Their third album, "Reflections", was the product of their collaboration with Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis.
Rhythm guitarist Brian Corrigan departed after the third album, and pedal steel guitar player Hank Devito joined. The band then shortened its name to New York Rock Ensemble and switched to Columbia.
Released in 1971, Roll Over was their most overtly rock album to date and their biggest seller, although they fell well short of Led Zeppelin on the Billboard charts.
Their last album was Freedomburger after which, the band dispersed.