With the 2011 release of Flashpoint, the debut album by the
David White Jazz Orchestra, the trombone-blowing leader and
his 16 compatriots served notice on the jazz world of an
ensemble that, while steeped in big-band traditions, takes
the music in exciting new directions rife with vibrant
voicings and rhythmic variety.
“[T]here is an infectious energy that may be the new
signature sound in the development of the more contemporary
jazz orchestra,” Brent Black stated in his review of
Flashpoint for the Critical Jazz web site.
“White clearly knows his jazz history and strikes a perfect
balance by incorporating his musical influences while
defining his own progressive style,” Karl Ackermann
commented at allaboutjazz.com.
And Aaron Cohen wrote in Down Beat that White “guides his
17-member orchestra through a program of compositions that
seamlessly move from extended blues strut (‘I’ll See You in
Court’) one moment to soft-focus serenity (‘First Lullaby’)
Six new compositions from White’s pen now appear on The
Chase, second CD on White’s Mister Shepherd Records label