A master in the art of arranging and composing jazz music, Alan Baylock, who holds the position of Chief Arranger for the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, unveils another masterpiece with Eastern Standard Time, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Two Seconds to Midnight (Sea Breeze Records, 2003). On this second outing, Baylock offers sparkling new arrangements of nine well- known jazz standards and calls upon legendary saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi as the project's featured soloist.
Recording standards always presents challenges to an arranger who looks to distinguish the new product from what has ...read more
When it comes to putting together a big band, Alan Baylock has an enormous advantage. As chief arranger for the U.S. Air Force’s renowned jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note, he’s on a first-name basis with some of the most accomplished big band musicians in the country, if not the world. Nearly a dozen of the sidemen on Two Seconds to Midnight, Baylock’s splendid debut recording as leader of the band, were enlisted from the ranks of the AON with four others from the Army Blues and one from the Navy Commodores. As a bonus, there are guest appearances by ...read more
His big band arrangements provide colors and scents that are wrapped around a powerful group of soloists. When Alan Baylock lays out his master plan, all the orchestra’s voices are represented in balance. Soaring trumpets, pulsating guitar, throbbing bass, bookend trombones, conversing saxophones, and a propulsive drummer get together with delicate care and attention to detail. Finally, superb recording techniques make the band’s debut recording shine like the brightest star in the evening sky.
In December, the Dallas Symphony premiered a few of Baylock’s new arrangements. Like a Rachmaninoff piano concerto, his music brings the soloist into ...read more