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Big Band Caravan

Bobby Watson and UMKC Jazz Orchestra / UNT One O'Clock Lab Band / Kurt Rosenwinkel

By Published: November 2, 2010
Beyond the compositions, arrangements and even the ideas, one has to salute Brown, born in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother, for bringing together such a diverse group of musicians from several countries to perform music by a broad spectrum of American composers from Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
and Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
1915 - 1967
piano
to George Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin
1898 - 1937
composer/conductor
, Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
and now John Coltrane. The AAO's first album, Ellington / Strayhorn's Far East Suite, earned a Grammy Award nomination in 1999. While it may not appeal to the more middlebrow jazz and big-band partisans, India &Africa should fare well in this year's voting.

Tracks and Personnel

The Gates BBQ Suite

Tracks: May I Help You?; Beef on Bun; Heavy on the Sauce!; Blues for Ollie; The President's Tray; One Minute Too Late!; Wilkes' BBQ.

Personnel: Bobby Watson: composer, arranger, conductor, alto saxophone; Ryan Sharp, Hermon Mehari, Aaron Linscheid, John Merlitz: tumpet; Michael Shults, Mario Bennett, William Sanders, Steven Lambert, Justin Bayne: reeds; Karen Zawacki, Ben Saylor, Eric Chapman, Sarah Braun: trombone; Nick Grinlinton: guitar; Will Crain: piano; Ben Leifer: bass; Ryan Lee: drums; Pablo Sanheuza, Pat Conway, Andres Ramirez: percussion (5); Roychelle Carter: greeting (1).

Lab 2010

Tracks: House of Cards; Not Yet; The Oracle; New Cydonia; Fly Me to the Moon; Prime Directive; Newport; Pretzel Logic; Sword Fight.

Personnel: Steve Wiest: director; Dan Foster, Tyler Mire, Chad Willis, Mike Shields, Pete Clagett: trumpet; Sam Reid, Adam Hutcheson, Brian Clancy, Mark De Hertogh, Chris Mike: reeds; Kevin Hicks, Luke Brimhall, Carl Lundgren: trombone; Matt Jefferson, Jason Haussack: bass trombone; Roberto Verastegui: piano; Jacob Wise: guitar; Scott Mulvahill: bass; Sean Jones: drums; Dave Hall: vibraphone( 8).

Our Secret World

Tracks: Our Secret World; The Cloister; Zhivago; Dream of the Old; Turns; Use of Light; Path of the Heart.

Personnel: Kurt Rosenwinkel: composer, guitar, vocal (4); Carlos Azevedo: conductor (1, 4-6); Pedro Guedes: conductor (2, 3, 7); Nick Marchione, Erick Poirrier, Rogerio Ribeiro, Jose Silva: trumpet; Susana Santos Silva: trumpet (1, 3, 4-6), flugelhorn (2, 7); Jose Luis Rego: alto, soprano sax, clarinet; Joao Pedro Brandao: alto, soprano sax, flute, clarinet; Joao Mortagua: alto, soprano sax; Nuno Pinto: clarinet (4); Mario Santos: tenor sax, clarinet; Jose Pedro Coelho: tenor sax, flute; Rui Teixeira: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Michael Joussein, Alvaro Pinto, Daniel Dias, Goncalo Dias: trombone; Abe Rabade; piano: (1, 3, 4, 5); Carlos Azevedo: piano: (2, 6, 7): piano; Demian Cabaud: bass; Marcos Cavaleiro: drums.

Live 2005! Redux

Tracks: When You're Smiling; How Deep Is the Ocean; As Time Goes By; Friends; Grungee Bungee; Cette Chose; Darktown Strutters Ball; Love Locked Out; Road Kill; Lament; Grand Central.

Personnel: Mike Barone: leader, trombone soloist; Steve Huffsteter, Lee Thornburg, Pete DeSiena, Ron King: trumpet; Vince Trombetta, Ernie Watts, Kim Richmond, Keith Bishop, Jennifer Hall: reeds; Dick Hamilton, Charlie Loper, Bill Booth, Bryant Byers: trombone; John Proulx: piano; Chris Conner: bass; Paul Kreibich: drums.

India & Africa

Tracks: India: Diaspora. Living Space; India; Ole; Tabla-Sarod Duet; India-Reprise. Suite: Africa. Exaltation; Africa; Liberia; Percussion Discussion; Dahomey Dance; Africa-Reprise; Encore: Afro Blue.

Personnel: Anthony Brown: composer, arranger, conductor, drums, percussion; Henry Hung, Geechi Taylor: trumpet, flugelhorn; Masaru Koga: soprano, tenor sax, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute); Melecio Magdaluyo: alto, tenor, soprano sax; Marcia Miget: soprano, alto, tenor sax, flute; Danny Bittker: baritone, soprano sax, contralto clarinet; Kathleen Torres: French horn; Wayne Wallace: trombone; Richard Lee: bass trombone; Glen Pearson: piano; Mark Izu: bass, sheng (Chinese mouth organ); Kenneth Nash: African, American and Asian percussion; Pushpa Oda: tambura (North Indian zither); Steve Oda: sarod (North Indian lute); Dana Pandey: tabla (North Indian drums).


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