Out of It, recorded in January 2001, is the fourth--and I'm unhappy to report, the last--album by the New York-based Nancie Banks Orchestra. Banks died less than two years later, in November '02, at the too-young age of fifty-one. Her husband, trombonist Clarence Banks, is in the section on this album, as he was on the previous three. Ironically, Out of It is dedicated to the memory of several friends who had passed on, including saxophonist Harold Vick, who composed two numbers, Vicksville and Out of It/Still Out of It (lyrics to the last by Nancie). The other dedicatees are ...read more
Each Nancie Banks Orchestra album seems to come with an unconditional guarantee that the listener will be treated to creative and compelling charts played by a dynamic big band. The group's 4th album, Out of It, is one of those satisfaction guaranteed albums. There's a new wrinkle with this latest effort with Cecil Bridgewater conducting, arranging and playing his formidable trumpet on some cuts. Talk about icing on the cake. In addition to Bridgewater's, there are arrangements by Thad Jones, Harold Vick, Frank Foster and Nancie Banks herself. Nancie also shares her delightful, flexible vocal chords on six of the ...read more
The tone is set for Nancie's Bank's third album by an opening six second exclamation, Bird Lives!", by eight year old Jaclyn Barrero. The album features several cuts associated with notable practitioners (and in one case one the inventors) of Be-Bop, e.g., Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. This is not to imply that the playing is asymmetric or off center. But it carries with it that sense of adventure that these musicians created. With their new approach to jazz music. The first three cuts show off the startling dynamics of the excellently contrived Nancie Banks orchestrations, as they ...read more
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