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Giant Box [Japan]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive hit version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey," Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods -- Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral, all on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive hit version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey," Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods -- Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral, all on one album. Thankfully, the music-making lives up to the billing. Everything that gave CTI its distinctive sound and identity is here -- the classical adaptations Stravinsky's "Firebird" is merged shotgun-style with John McLaughlin's "Birds of Fire", elaborate orchestrations and structuring, pop tune covers, plenty of room for the star soloists to stretch out in a combo format. The stars all come out to shine; Desmond sounds especially inspired in a shimmering "Song to a Seagull" and Hubbard and Washington burn furiously on the appropriately titled "Free As a Bird." And Sebesky was given license to experiment -- hence the wild extended swarms of free-form strings on "Firebird" and Laws' fancy Echoplexed winds on "Fly." The two original LPs were gathered in a classical-style box, complete with a booklet of photos and an interview with Sebesky, but the austere CBS CD reissue condenses everything onto a generic single disc. However less ostentatious, Giant Box still ranks as a sensational coup and a reminder of how potent CTI was at its peak. [The album was also issued in Japan.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2006
  • Label: King Japan
  • EAN: 4988003330972
  • Catalog Number: 2187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Firebird/Bird of Fire (13:56)
  2. 2 Song to a Seagull (5:50)
  3. 3 Free as a Bird (8:15)
  4. 4 Psalm 150 (8:11)
  5. 5 Vocalise (5:40)
  6. 6 Fly/Circles (9:48)
  7. 7 Semi-Tough (7:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Sebesky Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Accordion, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Soloist
George Benson Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Jackie & Roy Vocals, Track Performer
Milt Jackson Vibes, Soloist
Bob James Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Hubert Laws Flute, Bass Flute, Soloist, Electric Flute
Warren Covington Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone
David Friedman Vibes
Al Brown Violin
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
Jackie Cain Vocals
David Nadien Violin, Concert Master
Airto Moreira Percussion
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Wayne Andre Trombone, Baritone Horn
Seymour Barab Cello
Rubens Bassini Conga
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alfred Brown Violin
Garnett Brown Trombone
Carl Caldwell Background Vocals
Earl Chapin French Horn
Billy Cobham Drums
Harry Cykman Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Joe Farrell Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Paul Faulise Trombone, Baritone Horn
Paul Gershman Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky Violin, Concert Master
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Harold Kohon Violin
Roy Kral Vocals
Phil Kraus Percussion, Gong, Marimbas, Xylophone
Harry Leahey Guitar
Walter Levinsky Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Libove Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Bass, String Bass
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone
Alan Raph Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone
George Ricci Cello
Margaret Ross Harp
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Shulman Cello
Irving Spice Violin
Grover Washington Jr. Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Shepley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Friedman Percussion
Tony Price Tuba
Airto Percussion
Carl Carldwell Background Vocals
Jim Buffington French Horn
Jerry Dodgion Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone
Elliot Rosoff Violin
Joe Malin Violin
Charles Livobe Violin
Margaret Row Harp
Paul Paulise Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Igor Stravinsky Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
John McLaughlin Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Reissue Coordinator
Don Sebesky Arranger, Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Pete Turner Cover Photo
Pete Turner Producer
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