All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

147

Peter Weniger: With the Metropole Orchestra

Jack Bowers By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Saxophonist Peter Weniger, hardly more than a blip on Jazz radar screens here in the States, has achieved a far more prominent stature in Germany and Europe, impressive enough to be invited in ’94 to record with the prestigious Netherlands Metropole Orchestra under director / arranger Rob Pronk. He’s in pretty good company, as American reedmen who’ve recorded with the MO include Zoot Sims, Nick Brignola, Bob Cooper, Bud Shank, Lew Tabackin, Lee Konitz and Ronnie Cuber — not to mention such other notables as trumpeters Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Claudio Roditi, Ack van Rooyen and Rolf Ericson; trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Andy Martin, Jiggs Whigham and Bart van Lier; Swiss alto saxophonist George Robert, Swedish tenor Leo Janssen, and composer / arrangers Bill Holman, Clare Fischer and Chuck Israels. Pronk wrote eight of the charts for Weniger’s album; the others are by Kenny Napper (Christopher Komeda’s “Rosemarie’s Baby”) and Henk Huizinga (Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”). Weniger divides his time equally between tenor and soprano sax, and is outstanding on either one. He also composed the songs “Together Again,” “Dear Old Friend” and “Less Is Best” (the German translation of “less” is Weniger). The string–laden MO, meanwhile, is typically schizophrenic, sounding at times like a standard–issue big band, at others like a symphony orchestra that has stumbled into the wrong concert hall, but maestro Pronk cleverly blends all the ingredients to produce a flavorsome pastiche of stylish big–band Jazz. Weniger, at its center, displays excellent chops, a pleasing sound on tenor or soprano, and a stream of well–chosen ideas that never seems to slacken. Under Pronk’s able supervision, Weniger and the Metropole Orchestra form a championship–caliber team.

Contact:Mons Records, Taubenplatz 42, 67705 Trippstadt, Germany. Phone (0 63 06) 18 78; fax (0 63 06) 26 25; e–mail monsmu@aol.com


Track Listing: There Is No Greater Love; Together Again; There Will Never Be Another You; Rosemarie

Personnel: Peter Weniger, tenor and soprano saxophone, with the Metropole Orchestra directed by Rob Pronk.

| Record Label: Mons | Style: Big Band


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
Peter Weniger -...
FMP
1995
buy
[no cover]
The Point Of Presence
FMP
1995
buy
[no cover]
Private Concert
FMP
1991
buy
Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges
sax, alto
Ben Webster Ben Webster
sax, tenor
Jim Rotondi Jim Rotondi
trumpet
Joe Magnarelli Joe Magnarelli
trumpet
Lew Soloff Lew Soloff
trumpet
Don Menza Don Menza
saxophone
Ricky Ford Ricky Ford
sax, tenor
Tiger Okoshi Tiger Okoshi
trumpet

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.