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Big Band Caravan

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band / Gerald Wilson Orchestra / Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

By Published: August 11, 2011
Whigham, who now co-directs the BBC Jazz Orchestra, is purposeful and persuasive on the standards "I'm Old Fashioned," "Yesterdays" and "Never Let Me Go," Povel much the same on "Waltz for Isobel," "No Need for That" and (with drummer Thomas Sauerborn) the venerable flag-waver, "Sweet Georgia Brown." Wessels shines brightly on "October Ballad," "I'll Be Seeing You" and (with alto Philipp Gerschlauer) "Tangerine." Bell, an American who has made her home in the UK and Europe since she was twenty, shows she still has plenty to offer as she nears her seventieth year, impressively nailing "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (and Write Myself a Letter)," My Foolish Heart," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "My Shining Hour."

Napper's sunlit charts provide a conspicuous level of comfort, while Diefenbach's talented youngsters heighten the mood with spirited blowing throughout. Sauerborn anchors a sturdy rhythm section, and there are sharp solos by Gerschlauer, guitarist Andreas Volk, trombonist Tim Hepburn and tenor Benedikt Koch on "Razzmetazz / me Blues." This is (at least) the fourth album by Landes Jugend, and each one is a paradigm of engaging big-band jazz. In sum, a Tribute that's open-hearted and hard to resist.

Tracks and Personnel

That's How We Roll

Tracks: That's How We Roll; Howdiz Songo?' Rippin' n Runnin'; Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn); Everlasting; Gaining on You; Never Enough; It's Not Polite to Point; Race to the Bridge; Rhapsody in Blue.

Personnel: Gordon Goodwin: leader, composer, arranger, piano, tenor sax; Wayne Bergeron: trumpet; Dan Fornero: trumpet (1-4, 8-10); Bob Summers: trumpet; Dan Savant: trumpet; Willie Murillo: trumpet (5-7); Eric Marienthal: alto, soprano sax, flute (1-4, 8-10); Sal Lozano: alto sax, flute, alto sax, piccolo; Kevin Garren: alto sax (5-7); Brian Scanlon: tenor sax, flute, clarinet; Jeff Driskill: tenor sax, flute, clarinet; Jay Mason: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Andy Martin: trombone; Charlie Morillas: trombone; Francisco Torres: trombone; Craig Ware: bass trombone (8, 10); Craig Gosnell: bass trombone (1-7, 9); Andrew Synowiec: guitar; Rick Shaw: acoustic, electric bass; Bernie Dresel: drums; Brad Dutz: percussion. Special guests—Dave Koz: alto sax (3); Gerald Albright: alto sax (3); Take 6: vocal (7); Marcus Miller: electric bass (7).


Tracks: Variation on a Theme by Stravinsky; Virgo; Variation on Clair de Lune; Variation on a Theme by Giacomo Puccini; September Sky; Yes, Chicago Is... (A Jazz Mecca / A Night at the El Grotto / Riffin' at the Regal / Cubs, Bears, Bulls and White Sox / 47th St. Blues / Blowin' in the Windy City / A Great Place to Be).

Personnel: Gerald Wilson: conductor, composer, arranger; Anthony Wilson: composer, arranger (2), guitar; Eric Otis: composer, arranger (5); Frank Greene: trumpet, flugelhorn; Sean Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jeremy Pelt: trumpet, flugelhorn; Tony Lujan: trumpet, flugelhorn; Freddie Hendrix: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mike Rodriguez: trumpet, flugelhorn; Antonio Hart: alto sax, flute; Dick Oatts: alto sax, flute; Kamasi Washington: tenor sax; Ron Blake: tenor sax; Jay Brandford: baritone sax; Gary Smulyan: baritone sax; Dennis Wilson: trombone; Luis Bonilla: trombone; Alan Ferber: trombone; Douglas Purviance: bass trombone; Renee Rosnes: piano; Peter Washington: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.

Fleet Street

Tracks: The Barber and His Wife; The Ballad of Sweeney Todd; Pirelli's Miracle Elixir; Green Finch and Linnet Bird; My Friends; Wait; Ladies in Their Sensitivities; Pretty Women; Johanna; By the Sea; Not While I'm Around; Johanna (Act II); The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (reprise).

Personnel: Terry Vosbein: conductor, arranger; Stewart Cox: trumpet; Michael Wyatt: trumpet; Michael Spirko: trumpet; Tom Fox: trumpet; Rich Willey: trumpet; Doug Rinaldo: alto sax; David King: alto sax; Alan Wyatt: tenor sax; Will Boyd: tenor sax; Tom Johnson: baritone sax; Tom Lundberg: trombone; Don Hough: trombone; Jamie Warren: trombone; Chris McTavish: trombone; Brad McDougall: bass trombone; Ben Dockery: piano; Mark Boling: guitar; Rusty Holloway: bass; Keith Brown: drums; David Knight: bongos.


Tracks: Billie Jean; Haitian Fight Song; Senor Carlos; The Lady in My Life; Wake Up Everybody; If You Really Are Concerned, Then Show It; Tipatina's; This Is for Albert; In My Leisure; Passion Dance; 'Round Midnight; The Joker.

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