Reasons to Be Thankful

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As of 2006, Art Lillard's Heavenly Orchestra had been together for 18 years, although the local big band is little known outside of New York. Two aspects are particularly unusual about this orchestra's CD. Rather than playing standards like most swing-oriented big bands, all of the songs are originals by drummer-leader Art Lillard, who also arranged all of the pieces in a style reminiscent at times of both Count Basie and Thad Jones. In addition, four vocalists make appearances on six of the numbers yet do not dominate the music; Mary Foster Conklin is featured the most. Best known among the sidemen are veteran altoist Bob Mover and pianists Mike Longo and Arturo O'Farrill,...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
As of 2006, Art Lillard's Heavenly Orchestra had been together for 18 years, although the local big band is little known outside of New York. Two aspects are particularly unusual about this orchestra's CD. Rather than playing standards like most swing-oriented big bands, all of the songs are originals by drummer-leader Art Lillard, who also arranged all of the pieces in a style reminiscent at times of both Count Basie and Thad Jones. In addition, four vocalists make appearances on six of the numbers yet do not dominate the music; Mary Foster Conklin is featured the most. Best known among the sidemen are veteran altoist Bob Mover and pianists Mike Longo and Arturo O'Farrill, but it is the more obscure players who generally take solo honors. The music overall is happy and swinging with well-played yet loose ensembles and a joyous group sound. Despite the lack of name recognition in both personnel and repertoire, Reasons to Be Thankful is easily recommended to fans of swinging big bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402440927
  • Catalog Number: 440

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluez Organ Man - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (3:54)
  2. 2 The Fast Track - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (3:20)
  3. 3 Swingin' the Blues Away - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (3:55)
  4. 4 Justice Waiting - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (3:40)
  5. 5 Conclusion Jump - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (4:33)
  6. 6 Heavenly - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (4:15)
  7. 7 Nonchalant - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (5:16)
  8. 8 Incognito - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (4:40)
  9. 9 Biznes Changes - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (6:35)
  10. 10 Finding Our Own Way - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (3:17)
  11. 11 You Can't Win Blues - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (5:36)
  12. 12 Dreamscape/Perfect World - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (6:09)
  13. 13 Reasons to Be Thankful - Art Lillard's Heavenly Band (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Lillard Primary Artist, Drums, Group Member
Mike Longo Piano, Group Member
Jeff Schiller Flute, Group Member
Mauricio Smith Flute, Group Member
Jay Collins Flute, Group Member
Sean Smith Bass, Group Member
Jan Leder Flute, Group Member
Arturo O'Farrill Piano, Group Member
Mary Foster Conklin Vocals, Group Member
Kyle Whelan Soprano Saxophone, Group Member
Mark McCarron Guitar, Group Member
Erik Jekabson Trombone, Group Member
Miles Griffith Vocals, Group Member
Gilad Percussion
Michael Boschen Trombone, Group Member
Todd Isler Percussion
David Valdez Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Art Lillard Drums
Phil Arnold Trombone
Technical Credits
Carol Chaikin Composer
Mike Longo Author
Jim Czak Engineer
Jeff Schiller Composer
Jan Leder Composer
Jim Macnie Author
Art Lillard Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mark McCarron Arranger, Composer, Engineer
John L. Cooper Liner Notes
Michael Tremante Arranger
Tim Peierls Producer
Larry Browne Composer
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