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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a very different type of big-band album. Trumpeter-arranger Bill Warfield considers Miles Davis to be his main influence, particularly Davis of the 1965-1975 period. Performing reworkings of two selections from Davis' Bitches Brew, a Wayne Shorter piece, and "Mad Dog 245" dedicated to Miles among the six numbers, Warfield makes his big band a bit reminiscent of Davis' oversized fusion bands of the late '60s/early '70s. Empress Nzingha is effectively showcased on her spoken word piece "Jazzman" and there are spots for tenor saxophonist Mike Migliore, guitarist Vic Juris, trombonist Tim Sessions, pianist Roberta Piket, Dave Riekenberg on tenor, and Warfield's trumpet....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a very different type of big-band album. Trumpeter-arranger Bill Warfield considers Miles Davis to be his main influence, particularly Davis of the 1965-1975 period. Performing reworkings of two selections from Davis' Bitches Brew, a Wayne Shorter piece, and "Mad Dog 245" dedicated to Miles among the six numbers, Warfield makes his big band a bit reminiscent of Davis' oversized fusion bands of the late '60s/early '70s. Empress Nzingha is effectively showcased on her spoken word piece "Jazzman" and there are spots for tenor saxophonist Mike Migliore, guitarist Vic Juris, trombonist Tim Sessions, pianist Roberta Piket, Dave Riekenberg on tenor, and Warfield's trumpet. Although technically a "big band" project, the music is much more adventurous than usual and Warfield's ensemble has the spontaneous feel of a combo. Well worth exploring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Mambo Maniacs
  • UPC: 764942073729
  • Catalog Number: 737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mad Dog (8:11)
  2. 2 The Three Marias (5:46)
  3. 3 Jazzman (10:17)
  4. 4 Spanish Key (11:00)
  5. 5 Variations on a Theme by Frank Poulenc (7:29)
  6. 6 Pharaoh's Dance (16:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Warfield Primary Artist, Guitar, Trumpet, Conductor, Group Member
Vic Juris Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Mike Christianson Trombone, Bass Guitar, Bass Trombone, Tenor (Vocal), Tenor Trombone, Group Member
Mike Migliore Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Joe Mosello Trumpet, Group Member
Tim Sessions Trombone, Tenor (Vocal), Tenor Trombone, Soloist, Group Member
Ed Xiques Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Dave Riekenberg Alto, Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Soprano (Vocal), Soloist, Group Member
Joe Owens Trumpet, Group Member
Jon Owens Trumpet
Dave Trigg Trumpet, Group Member
Roberta Piket Piano, Soloist, Group Member
Scott Neumann Drums, Soloist, Group Member
Joe McCarthy Percussion, Group Member
Samuel Paul Bortka Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Tom Hubbard Acoustic Bass
Russ Spiegel Guitar, Conductor, Group Member
Empress Nzingha Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Bill Warfield Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Jack Kreisberg Executive Producer
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