Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter

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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Cole Porter's music has always had a special appeal to jazz musicians, as somehow his melodies seem to hit the mark as vehicles for creative improvisation. The Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, the brainchild of director Jack Cooper, was formed in 1998 and features some of the best local players from the mid-South region of the United States. For this recording, the 17-piece band performs compositions by Porter with a couple by Cooper, and the results are swinging, exuberant big-band jazz of the highest quality. The two ubiquitously featured artists, trumpeter Marvin Stamm and vocalist Sandra Dudley, are superb additions, contributing considerably to the overall effects. Stamm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Cole Porter's music has always had a special appeal to jazz musicians, as somehow his melodies seem to hit the mark as vehicles for creative improvisation. The Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, the brainchild of director Jack Cooper, was formed in 1998 and features some of the best local players from the mid-South region of the United States. For this recording, the 17-piece band performs compositions by Porter with a couple by Cooper, and the results are swinging, exuberant big-band jazz of the highest quality. The two ubiquitously featured artists, trumpeter Marvin Stamm and vocalist Sandra Dudley, are superb additions, contributing considerably to the overall effects. Stamm has rarely sounded better, and his forceful, tuneful, and exciting solos which appear to have been recorded separately from the band are absolutely wondrous. Dudley is just as impressive, and although her voice may not be quite sultry enough for Porter's lyrics, she has an exquisite sound and rhythmic feel that are irresistible. As for the band, it is well-rehearsed and tight, with decent if not memorable solos all around. Cooper's arrangements are hard-hitting and intricate, even if they sometimes lack subtlety, and serve as near-perfect vehicles for Cole Porter's compositions. This album serves as a good introduction to a regional jazz orchestra that belongs in the big leagues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402362922
  • Catalog Number: 362
  • Sales rank: 372,920

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jazz Orchestra of the Delta Primary Artist
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Bill Flores Bass Trombone
Tim Goodwin Bass
Sam Shoup Bass
Ken Spain Trombone
David Spencer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Greg Luscombe Trombone
James Sexton Drums
Reid McCoy Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gene Rush Piano
Bo Harris Drums
Tom Clary Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jeff Huddleston Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Scott Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Milton Aldana Trombone
Mike Krepper Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jake Brumbaugh Trombone
Sandra Dudley Vocals
Alvie Givhan Piano
Lance Green Trombone
Tom Link Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
John Lux Flute, Alto Saxophone
Andre Matlin Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Kerry Movassagh Guitar
Ward Yager Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Edward Murray Latin Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Erskine Composer
Marvin Stamm Liner Notes
Bob Curnow Liner Notes
Cole Porter Composer
Jeff Cline Engineer
Dave Shirk Mastering
Jack Cooper Arranger, Composer, Producer
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