by Jack Bowers
To help enliven the first recording by his NYConfidential Big Band, trumpeter Forrest Buchtel assembled an A-list of the city's busiest sidemen and handed them a dozen charts by Grammy Award-winning composer/arranger Gary Anderson. Needless to say, it's a productive alliance.
With two exceptions (more about them in a moment), the studio session consists of openly explicit, albeit staunchly contemporary themes, spotlessly performed by Buchtel's seasoned eighteen-member ensemble. The departures are California Bells, wherein electronic gimmickry is employed to garnish ...read more