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Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Refractions

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Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Refractions The twenty-four piece Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra boasts a full roster of instrumentation, including double reeds and French horns, for a sound that is somewhat rare in the professional jazz world, but familiar to anyone guiding a child through a high school music program with a "concert band." Lush and multi-layered, Refractions contains a full range of color and emotion.

The word "symphonic" comes to mind with so many deftly-woven textures underlying the free-swinging improvisations; the classical ideas married to jazz spontaneity; and the tunes laid down live, no overdubs, retaining their feel of freshness and freedom. Saxophonist Kim Richmond fits into the Gil Evans/Bill Holman/Don Sebesky school of expansive arrangement, and Refractions can sit on the shelf alongside anything those giants have done.

The Victor Young classic "Stella by Starlight" opens with a fanfare-ish trumpet leading into the familiar melody floating on a woodwind cloud, until it gets tethered down by the gravitational tug of Joey Sellers' trombone solo. The the Richmond-penned "Franz" (based on the first four notes of Franz Schubert's "Seranade," sounds classical, underlaid with an exotic rhythmic groove.

"Fantasy on You Must Believe in Spring" unfolds with a swirling-yet-subtle grandeur supplied by a pastel wash of flute, French horn and double reeds, and an introspectively lush piano opening by guest Bob Florence. The opener, "Cultural Obscurity," eases in with a pensive mood that soon swells into a dark-hued fanfare before it settles into an intricately-arranged theme.

This disc is on par with those of the masters of the genre; and I don't know if the Los Angeles-based Richmond works in the movies or for television, but his compositions seem tailor- made for cinematic treatment, full of strong story lines with numerous facinating subtexts. A grand set of sounds.

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Track Listing: Continued Obscurity, Precious Promises, Fantasy on You Must Beleive in Spring, Variations, Franz, Stella by Starlight, Refractions, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, America the Beautiful

Personnel: Kim Richmond--leader/conductor, alto/soprano saxophonesLeadJeff Driskill--saxophones, flute, piccolo; Phil Feather--alto saxophone, oboe, flute; Glen Berger--tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet; John Yoakum--tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet, English horn; Bob Carr--baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon; Mike McGuffy, ron King, Steve Huffesteter, Clay Jenkins--trumpets and flugelhorns; John Dickerson.Paul Loredo or Jean Marinelli--French horns; Bruce Fowler, Joey Sellers, or Bill Tole, George McMullen--trombones; Morris Repass--bass trombone; Bill Roper-tuba, voice on "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"; Tom Hynes--guitar; Rich Eames--piano; Trey Henry, Ken Wild-- basses; Ralph Razze--drums; Brad Dutz--hand percussion; David Johnson--mallet percussion; guest piano solo--Bob Florence

Title: Refractions | Year Released: 2003


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