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Recorded in 2000, this session by Art Lillard's big band combines lively swing and a traditional mainstream essence into one original package. Lillard and members of his organization wrote the music for this romping program. Lillard, a drummer, leads the band with a swinging rhythmic foundation and comfortable strides. He brings in vocal soloists for six of the thirteen tracks.
Lillard's variable-pitch drum solo on "Bluez Organ Man, and the song's incredible fusion of Caribbean percussion with big band, is one of the session's high points. Similarly, "Incognito, with its exotic tango-esque persona and lively Latin percussion surroundings, makes a distinct impression. The album features welcome solos by trombonist Michael Boschen, tenor saxophonist David Peterson, guitarist Mike McCarron, flutist Mauricio Smith, trumpeter Jim Cifelli and several others.
Lillard, a veteran who's been at it for over 35 years, has led his Heavenly Big Band since 1987 in New York. In '98, he led a septet in appearances on two episodes of CBS television's Guiding Light soap opera. "Bluez Organ Man and "Incognito convey their rhythmic essence succinctly, while "You Can't Win Blues demonstrates the album's dedication to the vocalese tradition. Lillard's opening drum solo on "Swingin' the Blues Away sets the pace for the aspect of his music that's suited to comfortable dance and a thrilling ride.
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Track Listing: Bluez Organ Man; The Fast Track; Swingin
Personnel: Art Lillard: drums, leader; Jan Leder, Jeff Schiller, Mauricio Smith, Jay Collins: flute; Kyle Whelan: soprano saxophone; David Valdez: alto saxophone; David Peterson: tenor saxophone; Justin Mullens, Erik Jekabson: trumpet; Michael Boschen, Phil Arnold: trombone; Mark McCarron: guitar; Mike Longo, Arturo O
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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