George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band
While Takeaway won't suit everyone's taste, it is music that Esbjorn Svensson surely would have appreciated. Sound is bright and clear, the ensemble tight and well-rehearsed. For those who respect the avant-garde but eschew intemperance and discord to no apparent purpose.
Tracks and Personnel
The Real Deal
Tracks: D-Bop; Then and Now; Peaceful Thunder; Mulligan's Nest; The Very Thought of You; I Love You; Doxy; When Sunny Gets Blue; Count Me Out; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Straight Ahead.
Personnel: George Stone: leader, composer, arranger, acoustic and electric piano, trumpet; Wayne Bergeron: trumpet; Charley Davis: trumpet; Dan Fornero: trumpet; Scott Copeland: trumpet; Gene Burkert: alto sax, piccolo, flute, clarinet; Jeff Driskill: alto sax, flute; Bill Liston: tenor sax, flute, clarinet; Brian Scanlon: tenor sax, flute; Jay Mason: baritone sax, flute, bass clarinet; Eric Jorgensen: trombone; Jacques Voyemant: trombone; Ira Nepus: trombone; Rich Bullock: bass trombone; Larry Koonse: guitar; Steve Gregory: guitar (9); Trey Henry: bass; Dave Tull: drums; Brian Kilgore: percussion. Guest artistsDonny McCaslin: tenor sax; Bob McChesney: trombone; Bobby Shew: trumpet; Chris Vadala: soprano sax.
Into The Open
Tracks: Sooz Blooz; Home Base; See You (Illuma Soma); Norman's Gold; Alison's Dream; Journey to Sentosa; Baby Clefs Birthday; Ninth House.
Personnel: Fred Hess: leader, composer, arranger, tenor sax; Tyler Gilmore: conductor; Brad Goode: trumpet; Dave Rajewski: trumpet; Al Hood: trumpet; Ron Miles: trumpet; John Gunther: alto sax; Johan Eriksson: alto sax; Peter Sommer: tenor sax; Mark Harris: baritone sax; Tom Ball: trombone; Nelson Hinds: trombone; Hoyt Andres: trombone; Gary Mayne: bass trombone; Marc Sabatella: piano; Ken Filiano: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.
Big Fat Grin
Tracks: Funky Coffee; Halay; Patience; Suddenly, Summer Falls; Tayloration One; Tayloration Two; Tayloration Three; Tayloration Four; Big Fat Grin.
Personnel: Jamie Begian: leader, composer, arranger, guitar; Tom Goehring: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dave Scott: trumpet, flugelhorn; Marty Bound: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jason Colby: trumpet, flugelhorn; John O'Gallagher: alto, soprano sax; Marc McDonald: alto sax, clarinet; Ben Kono: tenor, soprano sax, oboe, clarinet; Dimitri Moderbacher: tenor, soprano sax, flute, clarinet; Dan Goble: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Jeff Bush: trombone; Deborah Weisz: trombone; Paul Olenick: trombone; Max Seigel: bass trombone; Bruce Arnold: guitar; Dave Ambrosio: bass; Peter Retzlaff: drums.
Out of the Bluffs
Tracks: A Beautiful Friendship; Alter Ego; Out of the Bluffs; Without Changes; Low Down; The Necessary Blonde; Portrait of a Count; For Those Who Do; The Burren; Tricotism.
Personnel: Dr. Jack Cooper: director; Ken Wendt: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kevin Price: trumpet, flugelhorn; Randy Ballard: trumpet, flugelhorn; Ben Pierre-Louis: trumpet, flugelhorn; Charles Ray: trumpet, flugelhorn; Paul McKinney: trumpet, flugelhorn; Justin Johnson: alto sax; Walter Hoehn: alto sax; Jeremy Lewis: alto sax; Andrew Traylor: alto, tenor sax; Josh McClain: tenor sax; Andre Acevedo: tenor sax; Justin Brown: baritone sax; Anthony Williams: trombone; Victor Sawyer: trombone; Ed Morse: trombone; David Dick: trombone; Lauren Watson: bass trombone; Abby Kattentidt: horn (1); Jon Schallert: horn (1); Justin Cockerham: piano; Noah Hernandez: guitar; Takahiro Marooka: bass; Jeremy Warren: drums.
Tracks: Unmutual; Epic Fail; Eye Contact; Winwin; Mysterious Ways; Spine; The Naid Is Awake; Takeaway; Face Value; Amen.
Personnel: Joakim Milder: leader, tenor, soprano sax; Emil Strandberg: trumpet, flugelhorn; Peter Asplund: trumpet, flugelhorn; Alberto Pinton: woodwinds, baritone sax; Karin Hammar: trombone; Mattias Stahl: vibraphone; Mattias Torell: guitar; Christian Spering: bass; Peter Danemo: drums.