Joys & Desires

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a very different type of big-band album. Arranger/composer/drummer John Hollenbeck conceives of the 18-piece Jazz Bigband Graz not so much as a jazz big band but as an ensemble-oriented orchestra filled with unusual tone colors that is capable of expressing most emotions. "The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws" has some odd narration by singer Theo Bleckmann, "Just Like Him" finds the horns playing long tones before some fairly free improvising, and "Abstinence" hints at George Russell before going completely crazy. The following three selections form the "Joys & Desires" suite, which ranges from the ominous theme of "Jazz Envy" a performance that climaxes with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a very different type of big-band album. Arranger/composer/drummer John Hollenbeck conceives of the 18-piece Jazz Bigband Graz not so much as a jazz big band but as an ensemble-oriented orchestra filled with unusual tone colors that is capable of expressing most emotions. "The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws" has some odd narration by singer Theo Bleckmann, "Just Like Him" finds the horns playing long tones before some fairly free improvising, and "Abstinence" hints at George Russell before going completely crazy. The following three selections form the "Joys & Desires" suite, which ranges from the ominous theme of "Jazz Envy" a performance that climaxes with some explosive electronic devices to the more peaceful "The Garden of Love." The closing "Maxfield" has forward momentum but is rather monotonous in a cinematic way. Although not always an easy listen, Joys & Desires contains innovative big-band writing, impeccable musicianship, and many surprising moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Intuition
  • UPC: 750447338623
  • Catalog Number: 33862
  • Sales rank: 380,211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bird with the Coppery, Keen Claws - Graz Jazz Big Band (6:08)
  2. 2 Just Like Him - Graz Jazz Big Band (7:04)
  3. 3 Abstinence - Graz Jazz Big Band (11:26)
  4. 4 Joys & Desires #1: Jazz Envy - Graz Jazz Big Band (8:08)
  5. 5 Joys & Desires #2: After a Dance or Two. We Sit Down for a Pint ... - Graz Jazz Big Band (6:12)
  6. 6 Joys & Desires #3: The Garden of Love - Graz Jazz Big Band (5:03)
  7. 7 Maxfield - Graz Jazz Big Band (10:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hollenbeck Primary Artist, Drums
Heinrich von Kalnein Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Theo Bleckmann Vocals, Soloist
Uli Rennert Synthesizer, Keyboards, Soloist
Henning Sieverts Bass, Cello, Soloist
Klaus Gesing Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Christian Bachner Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Robert Bachner Trombone
Axel Mayer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Oliver Kent Piano
Horst-Michael Schaffer Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Axel Mayer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robert Friedl Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Karl Rossmann Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jorg Engels Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Wolfgang Messner Trombone
Uli Rennert Keyboards
Martin Harms Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
William Blake Composer
Wallace Stevens Composer
John Hollenbeck Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Heinrich von Kalnein Director, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Theo Bleckmann Sound Effects
Kai Schmidt Executive Producer
Philipp Heck Mastering
Horst-Michael Schaffer Director, Sound Effects, Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Michael Schaffer Audio Production
Horst Audio Production
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