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Big Band Caravan

Phil Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds; Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band; University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band

By Published: February 2, 2010
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As if to make a decisive statement, Saunders' ensemble roars out of the blocks with Phil Kelly

Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly
b.1937
composer/conductor
's meteoric "Top-Fuel Pete and the Trav-Ski" whose taut unison passages presage a boisterous duel between alto saxophonists Brian Girley and Adam Hutcheson (the flag-waver was written for tenors Pete Christlieb
Pete Christlieb
Pete Christlieb
b.1945
saxophone
and Travis Ranney). Bassist John Clayton
John Clayton
John Clayton
b.1952
bass, acoustic
arranged Jerome Kern's "I Won't Dance" to feature himself with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; the Lab Band's Sean Jacobi sits in for Clayton on this delightful reading. Clayton also arranged the standard "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (showcasing the trombone section) and composed the playful "Jazz Party" and plucky "I Be Serious 'Bout Dem Blues." Guitarist Matt Hornbeck is featured on Charlie Gray's arrangement of Lennon / McCartney's "When I'm Sixty-Four," pianist Roberto Verastegui on Irving Berlin's plaintive "What'll I Do," trumpeter Mike Shields on Bob Curnow's chorale-like "Of Another Time" (listed on the tray as "Of Another Day"). There is one vocal, by guest artist Tatiana Mayfield on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
b.1941
composer/conductor
's funky "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."


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