The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra: Perspectives
The main ingredient which brings full flavor to big band jazz meal, good musicians, is in abundance. Many devotees of this jazz form will recognize names like Christlieb, Bob Efford, Richmond, Frank Szabo, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron and others who are frequently found on albums coming from the West Coast. These top rank players show their skills in the tight ensemble work which dominates this album as well as when they are put into the solo spotlight.
Just when you think that you have heard just about everything a big band can offer, along comes a Gary Urwin with a few fresh ideas to reinvigorate ones interest. I guess that's why big band music is not likely to ever die. Recommended.
Track Listing: I'm old Fashioned; Stormy Weather; Something the Cat Dragged In; When You Wish upon a Star; Chucho; Legacy; Sky Dive; Blues on Ice; You Must Believe in Spring; Somebody Loves Me; Beauty and the Beast; Oncoming Traffic; Vegas d'Oro; I'm old Fashioned (Reprise)
Personnel: Gary Urwin - Leader/Arranger; Kim Richmond - Soprano & Alto Sax/Flute; Rusty Higgins - Soprano & Alto Sax/Flute/Alto Flute/Clarinet; Pete Christlieb - Tenor Sax/Flute; Ray Reed - Tenor Sax/Flute/Clarinet; Bob Efford - Baritone Sax/Bass Clarinet/Flute; Ethmer Roten - Flute; David Shamban - Cello; Alex Iles, Andy Martin, Dave Woodley - Trombone; Steve Ferguson - Bass Trombone; Wayne Bergeron, Rick Baptist, Bobby Burns, Frank Szabo, Ron King - Trumpet/Flugelhorn; George Graham - Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Piccolo Trumpet; Paul Chipello, Brian O'Rourke - Piano; Frank Browne - Guitar; Trey Henry - Bass; Ralph Razze - Drums; Michito Sanchez, David Johnson - Percussion
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Style: Big Band