93

University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble: Dialogues

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Directed by saxophonist Miles Osland, the University of Kentucky’s Jazz Ensemble performs a varied program of big band arrangements. The leader performs Gary Foster’s Latin ballad "Tesoro" on alto sax with subtle accompaniment from his charges. They work together well as a team and Osland demonstrates that he is a superb artist. He performs "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by multi-tracking baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones himself with the band accompanying. While the ensemble performs its duties with well-rehearsed care throughout the session, most of the solo breaks leave little room for improvisation. Instead, a conservative approach pervades, and the safer road appears to be most-followed route.

Bill Holman’s "No Joy in Mudville" finds the band passing the melody from section to section and opening windows for brief solo spurts. Pianist Nathan Cole backs Don Steins’ baritone saxophone solo and the band trades fours with drummer Jamie Podojil, but the real burner is a creative trombone solo spot from David Ashley. Bob Florence’s "Tenors, Anyone?" features the stand-up saxophone voices of Corey Lareau and Bryan Murray in an up-tempo stroll through the park. As with the scenery of a landscaped public recreation area, the band changes mood throughout Florence’s piece, from laid-back and easy-going to somewhat fiery and snake-bitten. "Joyous Reunion," by Ernie Watts with pianist David Witham, brings two of Osland’s best soloists together for back-to-back carefree improvisation. Murray and Ashley provide a needed spark; the tenor saxophonist is especially free and imaginative in his approach. Don Menza’s "Blues for Uncommon Kids" allows the band some freedom of exp! ression through its drum breaks, tempo changes, wah-wah brass phrasing, and rambling solos from trumpeter Josh Thompson and trombonist Ashley. It’s a comfortable blues walk, as the band feels its way through the arrangement and learns its lessons one step at a time.

Track Listing: Dialogue; Blues For Uncommon Kids; Red Reflection; Goober the Accursed; Tesoro; No Joy in Mudville; Take Me Out to the Ball Game; Perdido; Miss Ella; Hot Monkey Love; Tenors, Anyone?; Joyous Reunion.Collective

Personnel: Miles Osland- soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax; Jeremy Long, Jonathan Anderson, Bryan Murray, Corey Lareau, Don Steins- saxophone; Tim Altman, Josh Thompson, Sara Marchetti, Brandon Stinnett, Jessica Ware- trumpet; David Ashley, Greg Apps, Bill Kite- trombone; Lee Watts- bass trombone; David Henderson- trombone on "Miss Ella"; Tony Granados- tuba on "Tesoro"; Dr. Richard Domek- piano on "Perdido"; Nathan Cole, Darren Mitchell- piano; Larry Nelson- acoustic bass, electric bass on "Hot Monkey Love" and "Joyous Reunion"; Marcus Reddick, Jamie Podojil- drums; John Best- vibes, percussion.

| Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "Live At Umbria Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Umbria Jazz
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 10, 2016
Read "Metamorphosis" CD/LP/Track Review Metamorphosis
by Dave Wayne
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Live InTokyo" CD/LP/Track Review Live InTokyo
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "A Kenton Celebration" CD/LP/Track Review A Kenton Celebration
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Planets + Persona" CD/LP/Track Review Planets + Persona
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 29, 2017
Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2017

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!