is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the JFBB's debut album, Game Changer, a listen; you may be in for a pleasant surprise. It's remarkable what well-written charts can do for an ensemble, even one that consists primarily of a single instrument (or five, if you subdivide the C, alto, bass and contrabass flutes nnd piccolo).
Needless to say, arranging for a nineteen-piece band sixteen of whose members are playing flute posed an enormous challenge for the half-dozen craftsmen chosen to carry out the enterprise, and each of them has come through with flying colors. Mike Wofford
on "Li'l Darlin.'" And if you think flutists can't swing as hard as anyone, try "Impressions" (fiery solo courtesy of Andrea Brachfield).
Notwithstanding the absence of brass and reeds, Game Changer sounds much like any other well-written and superbly performed big-band album. The flutes are clearly more subdued but no less pleasing, the charts as admirable as could be envisioned for an ensemble of this kind. In other words, they are far from bland, nor is the tasteful Jazz Flute Big Band, which is off to an impressive start.
Track Listing: Daahoud; Ana Maria; Stolen Moments; Speak Like a Child; Con Alma; Girl Talk; Pavane; Impressions; Sail Away; Li’l Darlin’.
Personnel: Ali Ryerson: leader, C and alto flute; Marc Adler: C and alto flute; Jamie Baum: C and alto flute; Andrea Brachfeld: C and alto flute; Fernando Brandao: C, alto and bass flute; Bob Chadwick: bass flute; Richard Ford: C and alto flute; Kris Keith: C and alto flute; Zachary Kellogg: piccolo, C flute; Billy Kerr: C and alto flute; Paul Lieberman: C, alto and bass flute; Rachel Rodgers: C flute; Jonathan Royce: C and alto flute; Donna Sevcovic: bass flute; Stan Slotter: C and alto flute; Keith Underwood: bass and contrabass flute; Mark Levine: piano; Rufus Reid: bass; Akira Tana: drums, percussion. Guest Soloists — Holly Hofmann: C flute; Hubert Laws: alto flute; Nestor Torres: C flute.