Cum Laude

Cum Laude

by Dr. Macaroni Brass Band
     
 

Some folks are real purists when it comes to the term "brass band." They insist that a group isn't really a brass band unless it adheres to an all-horns-all-the-time policy -- that if a group combines a bunch of horn players with any part of a traditional rhythm section (piano, bass and drums), it isn't really a brass band. Well, the See more details below

Overview

Some folks are real purists when it comes to the term "brass band." They insist that a group isn't really a brass band unless it adheres to an all-horns-all-the-time policy -- that if a group combines a bunch of horn players with any part of a traditional rhythm section (piano, bass and drums), it isn't really a brass band. Well, the Dr. Macaroni Brass Band doesn't favor a horns-only format on Cum Laude, but they come awfully close. Recorded in Madrid, Spain in 2002, this promising CD unites two drummers (George Stolz and leader Peter Dieterle) with five horn players: Manuel Machado (trumpet), Cheryl Walters (trombone), Marcelo Peralta (tenor sax), Mario Esconde (baritone sax) and Chiaki Mawatari (tuba). So even though Cum Laude doesn't totally exclude non-wind instruments, horns are dominant -- and the Latin-minded hard bop/post-bop septet certainly offers an unusual and intriguing combination of instruments for a jazz combo. Even though some of the warhorses that Dr. Macaroni Brass Band embraces on Cum Laude have been beaten to death over the years -- especially Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" -- they manage to bring some freshness to them, which is saying a lot. Not that Macaroni excludes non-warhorses -- actually, Cum Laude offers a healthy variety of material that ranges from two Horace Silver gems ("Se�or Blues" and "Cape Verdean") to Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" and South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand's "African Market." By CD standards, this release isn't terribly generous; the disc clocks in at around 46 minutes and could have easily been a half-hour longer. Nonetheless, Cum Laude is a rewarding, memorable effort that offers its share of interesting surprises.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0725095236027
catalogNumber:
2360

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Macaroni Brass Band   Primary Artist
Chiaki Mawatari   Tuba,Group Member
Cheryl Walters   Trombone
Marcelo Peralta   Tenor Saxophone
Mario Esconde   Baritone Saxophone
Peter Dieterle   Snare Drums
George Stolz   Bass Drums
Manuel Machado   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Lou Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Abdullah Ibrahim   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Peter Dieterle   Audio Production

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