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Deep Voices
     

Deep Voices

by Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band
 
Moving quickly toward the front of the line of big bands playing modern music for large aggregations, Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band's second release and first for the Sea Breeze label concentrates on a play list of Eshelman compositions, less two. One of the non-originals, "In a Sentimental Mood," is also one of the gems of the session, as it is a vehicle for

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Moving quickly toward the front of the line of big bands playing modern music for large aggregations, Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band's second release and first for the Sea Breeze label concentrates on a play list of Eshelman compositions, less two. One of the non-originals, "In a Sentimental Mood," is also one of the gems of the session, as it is a vehicle for guest solist Joe Henderson and his one-of-a-kind tenor sax. The presence of Henderson would by itself make this one of the album's stellar tracks. But there's icing on the cake with some moving trombone and piano by Eshelman and Smith Dobson, respectively. The other standard on the program, "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise," shows a debt to Stan Kenton in its voicing and arrangement. All the charts were prepared by Eshelman and they reveal a strong feel for the kind of modern music which can best fit a big band conceived to present music in the modern vein. Eshelman's works keep this large instrumental group alive and interesting without having to resort to traditional and oft-heard big band charts of the 1930s and 1940s, or even from the later Count Basie bands. "Deep Voices Part 1: Open Sea" and "Deep Voices Part II: Bright Water" are based on the sounds of the blue and humpback whales, the jazz counterpart to classical composer Alan Hovhaness' "And God Created Great Whales." Eshelman's works are more structured and moving than the classical composer's, who used tapes of whales "singing" as part of his work. With their outstanding ensemble work and first flight solos, Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band are in the vanguard of top musical aggregations playing modern music for large groups on the jazz scene. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1994
Label:
Sea Breeze Records
UPC:
0017231203926
catalogNumber:
2039

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Performance Credits

Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Smith Dobson   Piano
Bruce Forman   Guitar
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Eshelman   Trombone,Leader
Mary Fettig   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
David Bendigkeit   Trumpet
Chris Braymen   Trombone
Steve Campos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mike Humphrey   Trombone
Carl Leach   Trumpet
Seward McCain   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Bill Resch   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Richardson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Rory Snyder   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Russ Tincher   Drums
Phil Zahorsky   Bass Trombone
Daniel Zinn   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Ward   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Bob Farrington   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Tim Volp   Guitar
Ken Wirt   Trombone
Rich Theurer   Trumpet
Bennett Friedman   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dave Eshelman   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Danny Beher   Executive Producer
Dave Porter   Engineer
Jody Horst   Cover Design,Paintings,Cover Painting
Andy Heller   Engineer

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