Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

116

Cal Poly Bands: 12 Seconds to the Moon

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Although everything is well–played (despite generally low–grade sound quality), there isn’t much of interest to the Jazz enthusiast in this hour–long recital by the various Cal Poly ensembles aside from the three selections (“Ain’t It Wonderful,” “Cat Race,” “Purple Porpoise Parkway”) recorded by the University Jazz Band. The larger Mustang Band does include among its five brief numbers Chuck Mangione’s “Echano,” but this is more a concert piece than Jazz composition. As for the Jazz Band, it fares respectably well on the two selections by highly regarded composer/arranger Tom Kubis (“Wonderful,” “Parkway”) and Toshio Mashima’s “Cat Race” even while suffering, as so many ensembles at this level do, from an absence of capable soloists — some of whom sound as if they’d been pressed into service from the Wind Orchestra or Mustang Band. And like its symphonic counterparts, the Jazz Band isn’t helped by a generally muddy and diffuse “concert hall” sound that seems to dampen its vigor and fidelity. As an indication of the status of Cal Poly’s contemporary music program, 12 Seconds to the Moon is undoubtedly worthwhile; beyond that, there isn’t much to say.

Track listing: Centennial Celebration Overture; Ghost Train; Over the Hills and Far Away; Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa; Twelve Seconds to the Moon; Ain’t It Wonderful?; Car Race; On Purple Porpoise Parkway; George; Ride High You Mustangs; Echano; Time Warp; Hey, Baby (60:30).


Personnel:

Cal Poly

Title: 12 Seconds to the Moon | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: CPB

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Warning: include(/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5:/data/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html:/usr/share/php') in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

More Articles

Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Vertical CD/LP/Track Review Vertical
by Don Phipps
Published: January 16, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Solid Gold CD/LP/Track Review Solid Gold
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 15, 2018
Read Ts'iibil Chaaltun CD/LP/Track Review Ts'iibil Chaaltun
by Don Phipps
Published: January 15, 2018
Read "92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House" CD/LP/Track Review 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 3, 2017
Read "Mercerville" CD/LP/Track Review Mercerville
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 31, 2017
Read "Monk's Cha Cha" CD/LP/Track Review Monk's Cha Cha
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Heart Knows" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: January 2, 2018
Read "The Wishing Stones" CD/LP/Track Review The Wishing Stones
by John Kelman
Published: November 28, 2017
Read "New Horizons" CD/LP/Track Review New Horizons
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 3, 2018