Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

4

Tyler Mire Big Band: Enter the Atmosph-Mire

Nicholas F. Mondello By

Sign in to view read count
Tyler Mire Big Band: Enter the Atmosph-Mire Originally televised back in the black-and-white 1960s, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone broadcast an episode—now classic—in which miniature alien spacemen land and terrorize a woman who is frightfully alone in her farmhouse. The cover art depicting happy little "musician-nauts" walking in space notwithstanding, Enter the Atmosph-Mire does no terrorizing. It does, however, shoot for, hit, and display the stars.

Dallas-based trumpeter/composer/arranger Tyler Mire (pronounced "Meer") has enlisted a cadre of Big D's best here and hands them a musical mission mapped with superbly arranged material. And, do they execute; while one well-known big band might be "phat" with the "Heavies of Hollywood," this superb land-and-take-no-prisoners crew brings Texas-sized energy, fire and swag to the shootout.

In keeping with Big Band Commandment Number One, this group swings and does so throughout. With lead trumpeters in command, the ensemble plays air-tight without being sterile. Whether the groove is a tasty samba ("Mile High Samba"), straight-ahead blue ("Mire-ly a Minor Blues"—with a "Work Song" hat-tip), beautifully tone-poetic ("Eternal Healing") or a re-energized classic ("Girl from Ipanema"), the Mire Men (and woman) demonstrate that big band jazz on the Third Stone From The Sun is very much alive.

The band's standout soloists include saxophonists Aaron Hedenstrom and Alex Fraile. A highlight is a classic Texas-tenor battle with Drew Zarumba and Chris Reardon, blowing faster than a potter's wheel over "Sweet Georgia Brown" changes ("Chris is How We Drew It"). Mire is most generous with his solo assignments and all deliver.

Mire is obviously well-schooled in the stylings of Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico and even the legendary group, Chase99 (saluted via screaming cascades on the title cut). Shrewdly, his charts, complete with rhythmic and harmonic diversities, push the envelope and keep the ears at attention.

The band's rhythm section engineers this drive with same. Pianist Austin Byrd, guitarist Alex Cannon, bassist Daniel Parr, and drummer Justin Heaverin (who's tasty/cute on the Neal Hefti-like "Brush It Off") all are superb.

The outcome of Serling's "Space Invaders" episode can be learned when the next Twilight Zone Marathon airs, but the final assessment of this space trip is: Enter the Atmosph-Mire is definitely a fun flight to the "Oh- Zone."


Track Listing: Mile High Samba; Enter the Atmosph-Mire; Mire-ly a Minor Blues; Brush It Off; Chris Is How We Do It; The Days of Wine and Roses; The Girl from Ipanema (Bones from Ipanema); Eternal Healing; C’Mire.

Personnel: Aaron Hedenstrom: soprano and alto saxophone, clarinet; Alex Fraile: soprano and alto saxophone; Chris Reardon: tenor saxophone; Drew Zaremba: tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; Kelsey Pickford: baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon; Tyler Mire: trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9); Andrew Bezik: trumpet; Thomas Eby: trumpet (2, 3, 5, 7-9); Thomas Davis: trumpet; Kevin Swaim: trumpet ; Micah Bell: (1, 4, 6, 8); Carl Lundgren: trombone; Seth Weaver: trombone; Scott Sidway: trombone; Alex Blue V: bass trombone; Eric Andress: bass trombone (2, 3, 5, 7, 9); Alex Cannon: guitar; Austin Byrd: piano, electric piano; Daniel Parr: upright and electric bass; Justin Heaverin: drums.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Armored Records


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read King Of Xhosa CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Blooming Tall Phlox CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 22, 2017
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Les Indignés" CD/LP/Track Review Les Indignés
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 3, 2016
Read "Magic Light" CD/LP/Track Review Magic Light
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 25, 2016
Read "Arclight" CD/LP/Track Review Arclight
by Troy Collins
Published: March 4, 2016
Read "Chasing Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review Chasing Shadows
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: July 8, 2016
Read "Portraits and Places" CD/LP/Track Review Portraits and Places
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 31, 2016
Read "Janus" CD/LP/Track Review Janus
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!