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"Capriole," composed and arranged by George Genna, Professor of Jazz Piano, reminds me of a cool (post Birth of the... ) workout, with its back-and-forth baritone sax/alto sax conversations. And I can't say enough about the inclusion of the vibraphone (played by Behn Gillece) here. As on Dave Holland's recent work, the vibes give the collaborative sound on Collaboration a beautiful luminescent undertone.
Miles Davis' "All Blues" closes the show, a phenomenal live version with dark blue solos by Maeve Royce on cello and Jim Rattigan on French horn. It's a gorgeous, deep indigo take on the classic tune.
An excellent set! Seasoned professionals these may not be, but wonderfully talented musicians they most definitely are. Collaboration can sit on the shelf and alongsideand play on the stereo before, after or in betweenthe best big band sounds out there.
Track Listing: Cherokee, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, Capriole, Jackson Square, I Doug Where the Mapp Said "X", Joe Beam, Dizzy, Little Sunflower, Linus and Lucy, Walkin' in the Rain, Dig, All Blues
Personnel: Allison Mersiowsky--piccolo, flute, bass flute; Amanda Smith--French horn; Pam Levecchia--bassoon, contra bassoon; Dave lackner--alto sax; Kara Milici--tenor sax; Owen Sczerba--baritone sax; Jonathan Barnes, Nick Fernandez--trumpet, flugelhorn; Bradley Chwastyk--euphonium; Scott Van Brug--trombone; Adrian Nikolica--piano; Chris Arter--guitar; Maeve Royce--bass, cello on "All Blues"; Chris Pastin--drums; Behn Gillece--vibes and percussion; Special Guest on Jazz French Horn--Jim Ratigan; Doug Mapp--bass on "All Blues"
Record Label: Dreambox Media
Style: Big Band
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