The University Of Mary Jazz Ensemble: The University Of Mary Jazz Ensemble (2002)
Three pieces are performed by the university's jazz faculty combo, NU-VOYCE. "La Samba" splashes mild, Brazilian daydreams over electronics and wordless vocals, while Victor Feldman's "Delicate Touch" and Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower" offer traditional scenes with these same contemporary timbres.
The big band provides a superior sound to that of the combo. Pat Metheny's "Always and Forever" forges straight ahead with a featured guitar solo by Nick Schneider. His lyrical interpretation of the melody, balanced just right by each section, leaves an indelible impression of the university. From a geographical area, after all, where open spaces are respected and admired, the band offers a reminder that music can hold the same majesty. Montgomery interprets "Joy Spring" and "I Remember Clifford" with picture-perfect models of what should comprise tone. His round, overtone-rich formula guarantees the album's success. Recommended for the tasteful manner in which Montgomery and Prebys have elected to interpret a century of jazz, the University of Mary Jazz Ensemble's debut album will appeal to all.
Track Listing: Got Eyes For You; Stella By Starlight; Warm Hearted Blues; Bee-N-Dubya; La Samba; Always and Forever; Joy Spring; Little Sunflower; I Remember Clifford; Grease's Blues; Jeep's Blues; Estero Sunset; Delicate Touch.
Personnel: Bob Montgomery- trumpet; The University of Mary Jazz Ensemble: Chris Dasovick, Shannon Fisher, Devin Morrill, Joe Bickle, Curt Havens- reeds; Ed Hamkens, Kristy Gislason, Luke Keller, Eric Rooke, Jim Fahn- trombone; John Pittman, Tony Fladeland, Jim McMahon, Eric Gallipo, Matthew Walden, Taylor Schmidt- trumpet; Erik Hanson, Mark Herold, Rob Peske- percussion; Michelle Lawrence, Justin Binck- keyboards; Thomas Fay- bass; Nick Schneider- guitar. NU-VOYCE: Bob Peske- guitars, vocal; Scott Prebys- vibraphone, steel pan, marimba, mallet KAT, percussion; Craig Hillig- bass; Keith Grotewold- drums, percussion.
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz