Merryteria

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When George Gruntz recorded Merryteria in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998, his Concert Jazz Band had been together for 26 years. The lineups, of course, had varied from year to year, but the outfit never lost its recognizable sound or its sense of adventure. Some big-band leaders are content to offer predictable, knee-jerk imitations of Buddy Rich, but Gruntz always realized that a big band could be relevant to post-bop experimentation. The Concert Jazz Band continues to sound fresh on Merryteria, which ranges from the exuberant "Mexicali Pose" to the moody "Bunauara," "Novgorod Bells". While Gruntz's "Bunauara" has a strong African influence, "Novgorod Bells" underscores ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When George Gruntz recorded Merryteria in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998, his Concert Jazz Band had been together for 26 years. The lineups, of course, had varied from year to year, but the outfit never lost its recognizable sound or its sense of adventure. Some big-band leaders are content to offer predictable, knee-jerk imitations of Buddy Rich, but Gruntz always realized that a big band could be relevant to post-bop experimentation. The Concert Jazz Band continues to sound fresh on Merryteria, which ranges from the exuberant "Mexicali Pose" to the moody "Bunauara," "Novgorod Bells". While Gruntz's "Bunauara" has a strong African influence, "Novgorod Bells" underscores his appreciation of traditional Russian folk. The only standard that Gruntz embraces on this CD is Victor Young's "My Foolish Heart"; most of the time, the Swiss pianist/arranger concentrates on material by either himself or his sidemen. True to form, Gruntz employs a variety of American and European musicians; the participants on Merryteria include, among others, trombonist Ray Anderson and trumpeters Marvin Stamm, Terrell Stafford, and Jens Winther. Anderson is especially appropriate for this CD; the Chicagoan is as eccentric as he is challenging, and Gruntz should be applauded for featuring him prominently. Merryteria demonstrates that after 26 years, the Concert Jazz Band was still among Europe's most interesting big bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Tcb Music
  • UPC: 723723761927
  • Catalog Number: 99502
  • Sales rank: 317,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mexicali Rose (9:58)
  2. 2 Bunauara (11:42)
  3. 3 Merryteria (5:44)
  4. 4 Novgorod Bells (12:18)
  5. 5 2nd Line Sally (11:36)
  6. 6 Up Front (6:54)
  7. 7 My Foolish Heart (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gruntz Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Ray Anderson Trombone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Leader
Chris Hunter Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Mike Richmond Bass
Luis Bonilla Trombone
Jens Winther Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Art Baron Trombone
Earl Gardner Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clark Gayton Trombone
Sal Giorgianni Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Schneider Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Terell Stafford Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Scott Wendholt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Donny McCaslin Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Christophe Schweizer Bass, Trombone
Steffen Schorn Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Alex Sipiagin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kenny Rampton Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rafaël Woll Bass
Technical Credits
George Gruntz Liner Notes
Jim Anderson Mastering
Walter Hausegger Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Patrick Hinely Liner Notes
Peter Schmidlin Executive Producer
Gérard Lüll Executive Producer
Lillyane Trachsel Cover Design
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