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Instruments of Mass Pleasure

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Instruments of Mass Pleasure is an insanely good album. The review can end there suitably. The Alex Budman Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is a fixture at Pearl's in San Francisco, with a sound at least somewhat similar to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Here, they take on a series of what are primarily their own compositions with one or two other penned numbers thrown in. What one is struck by foremost, though, aside from any composition issues, is that this outfit has some incredible players built in. The album opens with some big band swing that hearkens to the advances of the big band around the '60s, but with more finesse than many of the older recordings could dream of. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Instruments of Mass Pleasure is an insanely good album. The review can end there suitably. The Alex Budman Contemporary Jazz Orchestra is a fixture at Pearl's in San Francisco, with a sound at least somewhat similar to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Here, they take on a series of what are primarily their own compositions with one or two other penned numbers thrown in. What one is struck by foremost, though, aside from any composition issues, is that this outfit has some incredible players built in. The album opens with some big band swing that hearkens to the advances of the big band around the '60s, but with more finesse than many of the older recordings could dream of. In "Samba in 7," the band evokes Dizzy Gillespie's Afro-Cuban big band perfectly, despite that not being the intention. Latin jazz appears to be a specialty as it's carried into the Corsican-inspired "Girolata," and then it's back to the powerful horn section and the piano prowess of composer Leonard Thompson in "Mood for a Time" and "Sidewave." Each tune and its arrangement highlights yet another point of strength for the band as it swoons and swerves from decadence to decadence. For contemporary orchestral jazz, there are a few up-and-comers to be heard, and a few older standard-playing outfits. This band has neither the rigidity of the old guard nor the naïveté of the new guard. It can emulate the old masters, but has a style all its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Oa2
  • UPC: 805552202427
  • Catalog Number: 22024
  • Sales rank: 181,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Case of Emergency (4:45)
  2. 2 Little Prayer (9:38)
  3. 3 Samba in 7 (9:28)
  4. 4 Girolata (6:42)
  5. 5 Mood for a Time (5:11)
  6. 6 Sidewave (7:24)
  7. 7 When We Walked in the Sun (6:14)
  8. 8 The Croxmont Jive (9:41)
  9. 9 Ballad for Benny (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alex Budman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alex Murzyn Tenor Saxophone
Charles McNeal Alto Saxophone
Tod Dickow Tenor Saxophone
John Gove Trombone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Dave Scott Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Flores Drums, Guest Appearance
Jesús Diaz Conga, Bells, Chekere, Bata, Shekere, Guest Appearance
Marcos Diaz Piano, Guest Appearance
Eric Crystal Tenor Saxophone
Adam Theis Trombone
Justin Morell Guitar, Guest Appearance
Mike Olmos Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Leonard Thompson Piano
Mike Rinta Trombone
Dan Feiszli Double Bass
Derek James Trombone, Bass Trombone
Lorenzo Farrell Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Steffen Kuehn Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Chuck Bennett Bass Trombone
Joel Behrman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Brian Fishler Drums
John Brummel Trombone
Doug Rowan Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Oliver Nelson Composer
Chuck MacKinnon Arranger
Leonard Thompson Composer
Alex Budman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lorenzo Farrell Composer
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