Doug Hamilton Jazz Band

Doug Hamilton Jazz Band

by Doug Hamilton Jazz Band
     
 
Riding the wave of resurgence of the large ensemble in jazz, trombonist/arranger Doug Hamilton here puts together charts for a collection of musicians culled from the Armed Forces bands (Army Blues, Airmen of Note, Navy Commodores). The music itself is more of a throwback compared to much of what's being created for contemporary big

Overview

Riding the wave of resurgence of the large ensemble in jazz, trombonist/arranger Doug Hamilton here puts together charts for a collection of musicians culled from the Armed Forces bands (Army Blues, Airmen of Note, Navy Commodores). The music itself is more of a throwback compared to much of what's being created for contemporary big bands, owing a fair bit to Stan Kenton's sound and a simpler, cleaner approach than many. The compositions hail in roughly equal measure from the classic songbook, the post-bop players (Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins), and Hamilton himself. In the arrangements, though, something starts to fall flat. There's a touch of some of the Gil Evans aesthetic in the playing from time to time in tight parallel lines and ambient horn backings, but by and large the music seems somewhat stale. The performers are all highly capable, and indeed show off some outstanding chops when left to their solos. However, when the players are combined together as a ten-piece band, the sound is less energetic, almost as though restrained by something beyond their control. Nothing ever quite breaks out from the background; nothing quite shakes up the melodies. Given the excellent musicians, though, the album makes for a nice piece of ambient background music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2008
Label:
Oa2
UPC:
0805552204520
catalogNumber:
22045
Rank:
243937

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doug Hamilton Jazz Band   Primary Artist
Craig Fraedrich   Trumpet,Soloist
Dave McDonald   Drums,Soloist
Matt Niess   Trombone,Soloist
Steve Fidyk   Drums,Soloist
Scott Silbert   Baritone,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist
Tony Nalker   Piano,Soloist
Liesl Whitaker   Trumpet
Paul "Turk" Henry   Bass,Soloist
Jim Roberts   Guitar,Soloist
Tedd Baker   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal),Soloist
SSG Bill E. Linney   Alto,Soloist
Bill Linney   Alto

Technical Credits

Sonny Rollins   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Mark Taylor   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Bob Haymes   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Woodcock   Artwork
Doug Hamilton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Bob Dawson   Engineer

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