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Big Band Report

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

By Published: January 3, 2013
Personnel: Ezra Weiss: composer, arranger, piano (3, 4, 6). Rob Scheps Big Band—Rob Scheps: leader, alto, soprano, tenor sax; Rich Cooper: trumpet; Paul Mazzio: trumpet; Greg Garrett: trumpet; Conte Bennett: trumpet; Gary Harris, David Valdez, Scott Hall, Robert Crowell: reeds; Stan Bock: trombone; Tom Hill: trombone; John Moak: trombone; Jattik Clark: tuba; Ramsey Embick: piano (1, 2, 5, 7); Tim Gilson: bass; Ward Griffiths: drums; Chaz Mortimer: percussion (3, 7). Special guest artist—Greg Gisbert: trumpet (1, 2, 7).

West Coast Christmas

Tracks: Line for Santa; Santa Baby; Christmas Time Is Here; Jerry Mandelbaum; Filho de Papai Noel J; Bernie's Bells; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; The Christmas Song; Angels We Have Heard on High; Saturnian Sleigh Ride; Carol of the Bells.

Personnel: Geoff Roach: leader, baritone, tenor sax, flute; Randy Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; Matt Kesner: tenor, alto, soprano sax; Jon Schermer: trombone; Jack Conway: guitar; Dave Casini: vibes (1, 3, 5-7, 9-11); Rick Gray: vibes (2, 4, 8); Brian Brockhouse: bass; Roddy Magallanes: drums.

Stradivarius Christmas

Tracks: O Tannenbaum; Away in a Manger; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Jingle Bells; O Little Town of Bethlehem; I Wonder as I Wander; Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella; We Three Kings; O Come O Come, Emmanuel; O Holy Night / Ave Maria; Fum Fum Fum; Whlat Child Is This; Angels We Have Heard on High; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; A Christmas Rag; Auld Lang Syne.

Personnel: Jasper Wood: violin; David Riley: piano; Terry Vosbein: musical settings.

Aliens in a Bebop Planet

Tracks: CD1: Blues Clues on the Lunar Sand; Across the Borders / Beyond the Faith; A Night in Cydonia; Nostalgia; On Cloud Nine; Sat; Robbin's Space Bolero; Aliens in a Bebop Planet; Chachanada. CD2:New Cos City; Signals and Prayer; The Gypsy; Nobody Knows; Cosmic Storyville; Giant Steps; Rhythms from the Floating Space; On Cloud Nine (duet); Saturn Sun Ra; Audio Notebook.

Personnel: Roberto Magris: composer, arranger, piano; Matt Otto: tenor sax; Dominique Sanders: bass; Brian Steever: drums; Pablo Sanhueza: congas, percussion; Eddie Charles: vocals (8, 10, 13).

New Jubilee / Permanent Vacation


Tracks: New Jubilee: My Japanese Heart; My French Heart; Happy Birthday Blues; New Hymn; Intro; Hope; True Romance; Monte Misto; Piano Noir; Juan-les-Pins; Aries; See You. Permanent Vacation: Champagne, Please; Thanks HSM and Goodbye; Permanent Vacation; Japanese Blue; Flying High; Blue Waltz; Raymond on the Bike; A Song for U; More Champagne, Please.

Personnel: New Jubilee: Ronny Johansson: piano; Yasuhito Mori: bass; Raymond Karlsson: drums. Permanent Vacation: Same as New Jubilee but add Ove Ingemarsson: tenor sax (3, 5-8).

New and Noteworthy

1. R:3 Special Big Band, R3 (Summit Records)
2. Bob Mintzer Big Band, For the Moment (MCG Jazz)
3. Kris Berg / Metroplexity Big Band, This Time / Last Year (MAMA Records)
4. Albert-Hobbs Big Band, Love Remembered (Eidolon Productions)
5. Sandviken Big Band, In the Name of Freedom (Imogena)
6. Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion, Live in London (i2i Music)
7. Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra, Live at Dizzy's
8. Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Rampage! (Arbors Jazz)
9. Howard University Jazz Ensemble, Ode to Life (HUJE Jazz)
10. DiMartino / Osland Jazz Orchestra, Quotient (Sea Breeze Jazz)
11. Washington State University, Zoot Suit (WSU Recordings)
12. Brussels Jazz Orchestra, A Different Porgy, Another Bess (Naïve)
13. Urban Renewal Project, Go Big or Go Home (URP Music)
14. Empire Jazz Orchestra, Accentuate the Positive (EJO)
15. Eastern Illinois University, Three O'Clock Downbeat (Self Published)


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