Global Excellence

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band is in particularly spirited form throughout Global Excellence. Among the high points are the "I Got Rhythm"-based jam on "Steam Passage" featuring the tenors of Larry Schneider, Sal Giorgianni, and Donny McCaslin, trombonist Matthieu Michel's ballad feature on "Palace of Love," Renne Manning's singing on "Nee's Blues" with Dave Bargeron adding some screaming trombone, and the eccentric closer "Brain Play." Although a couple of the selections on the middle of this disc are a little less interesting sounding like fairly straightforward concert music, there are enough surprises and left turns throughout this boisterous affair to make Global ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band is in particularly spirited form throughout Global Excellence. Among the high points are the "I Got Rhythm"-based jam on "Steam Passage" featuring the tenors of Larry Schneider, Sal Giorgianni, and Donny McCaslin, trombonist Matthieu Michel's ballad feature on "Palace of Love," Renne Manning's singing on "Nee's Blues" with Dave Bargeron adding some screaming trombone, and the eccentric closer "Brain Play." Although a couple of the selections on the middle of this disc are a little less interesting sounding like fairly straightforward concert music, there are enough surprises and left turns throughout this boisterous affair to make Global Excellence highly recommended to fans of modern big bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Tcb Music
  • UPC: 725095211727
  • Catalog Number: 21172
  • Sales rank: 295,744

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Steam Passage (6:16)
  2. 2 Palace of Love (7:14)
  3. 3 Valenica (8:40)
  4. 4 Two as One (9:06)
  5. 5 Little Dancer (11:45)
  6. 6 Song of Two Suns (7:07)
  7. 7 Née's Blues (5:32)
  8. 8 Brain Play (7:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band Primary Artist
George Gruntz Indexed Contributor, Piano
Mark Egan Bass
Renée Manning Vocals
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Chris Hunter Alto Saxophone
Mike Richmond Bass
Luis Bonilla Trombone
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Danny Gottlieb Drums
Sal Giorgianni Tenor Saxophone
Earl McIntyre Bass Trombone
Matthieu Michel Flugelhorn
Larry Schneider Tenor Saxophone
Gary Valente Trombone
Donny McCaslin Tenor Saxophone
Eddy Davis Banjo
Alex Sipiagin Trumpet
Kenny Rampton Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gruntz Arranger, Orchestration
Jim Anderson Engineer
Alan Silverman Engineer
Peter Schmidlin Executive Producer
Gérard Lüll Executive Producer
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