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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558246326
  • Catalog Number: 82463
  • Sales rank: 113,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Winter Games - Chris Walden Big Band (3:49)
  2. 2 When You Wish Upon a Star - Chris Walden Big Band (5:00)
  3. 3 No Bounds - Chris Walden Big Band (6:30)
  4. 4 People Will Say We're in Love - Chris Walden Big Band (5:07)
  5. 5 Clax's Theme - Chris Walden Big Band (4:27)
  6. 6 In the Doghouse - Chris Walden Big Band (6:33)
  7. 7 Try Harder - Chris Walden Big Band (3:50)
  8. 8 Smile - Chris Walden Big Band (4:16)
  9. 9 Someday My Prince Will Come - Chris Walden Big Band (5:13)
  10. 10 Otterkam - Chris Walden Big Band (5:14)
  11. 11 It's a Small World After All - Chris Walden Big Band (5:14)
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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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