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Grooveyard

John La Barbera

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
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Tracks

Grooveyard; My New Summer Samba; For Iola; Thanks Hank; Tranesome; Choro Para Thiago; K’s Delight; Mandatory Blues; Sweetness; Keiko’s Birthday March.

Personnel

John La Barbera
composer / conductor
Steve Wilson
saxophone, alto
Pat La Barbera
saxophone
Sam Sadigursky
saxophone, alto
Andy Gutauskas
woodwinds
John Chudoba
trumpet
Brandon Lee
trumpet
Clay Jenkins
trumpet
Ryan Keberle
trombone
Mike Davis
cornet
Sara Jacovino
trombone
Rufus Reid
bass, acoustic
Frank Gravis
bass, electric

Additional Personnel / Information

Steve Wilson: flute; Erika Von Kleist: flute; Pat La Barbera: soprano saxophone; Sam Sadigursky: clarinet; Andy Gutauskas: bass clarinet; Juan Ruiz: clarinet (6); Brian Pareschi: Lead (7,9); Mike Davis: Lead (7); Renee Rosnes: keyboards;

Album Description

With his career at the highest levels of the music industry spanning a half-century, Grammy® nominated composer/arranger John La Barbera doesn't have much left to prove, so gathering a band of equals in New York City and spending some time recording his latest & best hard-swinging arrangements, makes good sense! Along with his equally storied brothers, saxophonist Pat and drummer Joe, La Barbera fills 'Grooveyard' with jazz royalty, including Steve Wilson, Renee Rosnes, Clay Jenkins, and the legendary bassist, Rufus Reid, for a set of four arranged tunes from Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Elvin Jones, and the title track from pianist Carl Perkins, and six of his own original compositions. Thanks to his early career in helping to define the sounds of the Buddy Rich Band, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous and so many others, La Barbera's works have become jazz big band standards, his luminous orchestrations, contrapuntal writing, and rhythmic and textural variety combining to create unforgettable musical moments.


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