No Bounds

No Bounds

by Chris Walden
     
 

The follow-up to a particularly successful debut album, No Bounds brings more of what could potentially be referred to as "contemporary" big band. Big band as a major force disappeared decades ago, and those playing now are almost entirely nostalgia-based groups playing the old standards. Chris Walden is one of a very few that hasSee more details below

Overview

The follow-up to a particularly successful debut album, No Bounds brings more of what could potentially be referred to as "contemporary" big band. Big band as a major force disappeared decades ago, and those playing now are almost entirely nostalgia-based groups playing the old standards. Chris Walden is one of a very few that has adapted the genre to fit some more contemporary ideas, and takes new directions with the large-scale format. Here, there's a mix of old and new pieces, some updated thoroughly, some hearkening back to the powerful ensembles of the '70s, and some arranged back toward a vocal standard form (with Tierney Sutton providing some nice vocal work). The album opens with a jazz version of David Foster's theme for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and moves to a relaxed rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star," the first of three Disney-related songs to appear on the album. The title track is a textural one, followed by a bit of nostalgic vocal standard. The sound shifts to a more post-bop feel, touches upon Disney again for a Miles Davis-inspired rendition of "Someday My Prince Will Come," and after an almost orchestral score, finishes on a modern and somewhat twisted rendition of "It's a Small World." The sound is a little less adventurous on this album than it was on the first, but it's still a highly refreshing take on the big-band idiom. Fine solos are provided throughout, though the way the band works together is perhaps a better indicator of the abilities showcased here. Fine playing, and even finer compositions lead this to be one of the better (and perhaps even one of the best) jazz releases of the year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2006
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558246326
catalogNumber:
82463
Rank:
113132

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Walden   Primary Artist,Conductor,Drums,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Kim Richmond   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Sid Page   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Ray Brinker   Drums,Soloist
Till Brönner   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Richard Bullock   Trombone
Larry Corbett   Cello
Brian Dembow   Viola
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Brandon Fields   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Roland Kato   Viola
Ron King   Trumpet
Dane Little   Cello
Rob Lockart   Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone,Soloist
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Tom Peterson   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Katia Popov   Violin
Carl Saunders   Trumpet,Soloist
Kim Scholes   Cello
Alan Steinberger   Piano,Soloist
Martin Tillman   Soloist,Electric Cello,Guest Appearance
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Ian Walker   Double Bass
Ken Wild   Bass,Double Bass
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Gregg Field   Drums,Soloist
Gayle Levant   Harp
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Frank Chastenier   Piano,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Tierney Sutton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dana Kelley   French Horn
Darrin McCann   Viola
Keith Greene   Viola
Roberto Cani   Violin
Trevor Handy   Cello
Thomas Dienner   Viola
Pat Johnson   Violin
Jennifer Levin   Violin
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Alex Iles   Trombone,Soloist
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Matthew Funes   Viola
M.B. Gordy   Percussion,Vibes
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Peter Herbolzheimer   Author
Jorge Calandrelli   Author
Leigh Harline   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Author
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Ned Washington   Composer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Morey   Composer
Thomas Kern   Engineer
R. Rogers   Composer

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