Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter

Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter

by Jazz Orchestra of the Delta
     
 

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 ofSee more details below

Overview

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:
06/03/2003
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402362922
catalogNumber:
362
Rank:
260240

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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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