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by Jimmy Heath
     
 
After a guest spot with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in 2001, longtime sax player Jimmy Heath went back to work at Queens College. Letting a few years pass, the SRJO came back with a commission -- an attempt to create new music for the older structured form of big-band jazz. The result was a three-part tour de force of harmony that manages to showcase

Overview

After a guest spot with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in 2001, longtime sax player Jimmy Heath went back to work at Queens College. Letting a few years pass, the SRJO came back with a commission -- an attempt to create new music for the older structured form of big-band jazz. The result was a three-part tour de force of harmony that manages to showcase the formidable horns of Seattle individually without simply resorting to solos. This is one of the key differences between the movers in the realm of modern big band and those who simply rehash the traditions -- the emphasis on individual voices and their interplay beyond the requisite solos. Though there's a core of almost ambient trombones and sax riffs, the instruments move out of their swooning, swerving lines to attack other musical elements regularly. Along with the outstanding set from (and featuring) Heath, the album throws in a bonus with live recordings of "Haitian Love Song" (which uses the deeper horns incredibly) and "Creole Love Song" (which brings the big-band aesthetic back to its roots, but uses Ellington's composition to highlight individuals yet again). There's a smoothness to any big-band recording, but the SRJO, especially with Heath at the compositional helm, falls into the realm of Tadd Dameron more than Lawrence Welk. This is outstanding music with a bevy of fine musicians behind it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558256523
catalogNumber:
82565
Rank:
287509

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Heath   Primary Artist,Interviewee
Hadley Caliman   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Thomas   Trumpet
Scott Brown   Trombone,Lead
Scott MacPherson   Alto Saxophone
Phil Sparks   Bass
Bill Anschell   Piano,Soloist
Bill Ramsay   Baritone Saxophone
Dan Marcus   Trombone
Caliman   Soloist
Randy Halberstadt   Piano
David Marriott   Trombone
Clarence Acox   Drums,Interviewee
Mark Taylor   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Anthony   Trombone
Jon Hansen   Tuba
Thomas Marriott   Trumpet
Travis Ranney   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ramsay   Soloist
Dennis Haldane   Trumpet
David Bentley   Bass Trombone
Brockman   Soloist
Michael Brockman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Interviewee
Cesar Amaral   Trumpet,Lead
Andy Omdahl   Trumpet,Soloist,Lead

Technical Credits

Jimmy Heath   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
John Bishop   Cover Design,Layout
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sy Johnson   Arranger
Clarence Acox   Producer,Orchestra Director
Howard Mostrom   Engineer
Robert Wade   Cover Photo
Michael Brockman   Composer,Producer,Orchestra Director

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