The Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to promote jazz within Westchester County, New York through jazz education outreach programs and the performance of classic standards and commissioned pieces in a series of concerts. All In is the group's debut album containing a repertoire of several jazz standards and one pop classic. A welcome addition to the big band genre, the album was recently named among the best CDs of 2007 by WBGO's Upbeat radio program and Jazzimprov magazine.
Billed as an all-star big band, the personnel is comprised of world class musicians who reside, play and/or frequently teach in the northern suburbs of New York City. The WJO is a seventeen-piece first-rate ensemble under the leadership of Artistic Director Mike Holober, a leading pianist, composer, arranger and Assistant Professor at the City College of New York.
Among the cast of players are Tony Kadleck and Craig Johnson sharing the trumpet leads, as well as Marvin Stamm providing the solo on Horace Silver's "Room 608. Other noteworthy solos are delivered by Ed Xiques on baritone sax, while Jan Brandford, Mike Migliore and Jason Rigby round out the group on reeds.
Starting out with Kadleck's arrangement of Joe Henderson's "Caribbean Fire Dance, the music is stellar big band complete with solid solo performances. Xiques delivers on a new take of "(No Longer) In The Mood, while Stamm blows a fine flugelhorn on the soft ballad of "Peace. Holober provides creative arrangements of John Coltrane's classic "Naima and George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun, as the band turns in a magnificent performance throughout.
This first offering from the WJO holds nothing back and clearly establishes the orchestra as one of the premier big bands of the American East Coast. Leaving nothing out, All In includes great charts, excellent musicianship and an unforgettably memorable big band sound.
Track Listing: Caribbean Fire Dance; (No Longer)in the Mood; Peace; Ping Pong; Naima; Romm 608; Turn Out The Stars; Here Comes the Sun.
Personnel: Jan Brandford: alto and soprano saxophones, flute; David Brandom: also and soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute; Mike Migliore: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jason Rigby: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Ed Xiques: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Craig Johnson: trumpet and flugelhorn, solos (3, 4, 7); Tony Kadleck: trumpet and flugelhorn, solos (1, 2, 5, 8); Jim Rotondi: trumpet and flugelhorn; Marvin Stamm: trumpet and flugelhorn, solo (6); Larry Dean Farrell: trombone; George Flynn (bass trombone); Keith OQuinn: trombone; Ted Rosenthal: trombone; Harvie S: bass; Tony Jefferson: drums; Rogerio Boccato: percussion (1); Mike Holober: artistic director, conductor.
Year Released: 2007
| Record Label: WJO
| Style: Big Band
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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