Up from the Skies, Music of Jim McNeely

Up from the Skies, Music of Jim McNeely

by The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
     
 

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition of excellence that was the core ingredient when it began life as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra during the 1960s. Now led by pianist/conductor/composer/arranger Jim McNeely, the band brings life to his stimulating charts with tight ensembles and strong solosSee more details below

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition of excellence that was the core ingredient when it began life as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra during the 1960s. Now led by pianist/conductor/composer/arranger Jim McNeely, the band brings life to his stimulating charts with tight ensembles and strong solos throughout the session. The first track is a bit of a surprise, a breezy jazz setting of rocker Jimi Hendrix's "Up from the Skies" that is a good bit more harmonically adventurous than the original record. The pianist's unusual blues "Life of Riley" showcases drummer John Riley and trombonist Luis Bonilla in a post-bop theme that constantly shifts into a new direction. His haunting ballad "In This Moment" has a melancholy air, with McNeely opening the work alone before giving way to Scott Wendholt's subdued but powerful flugelhorn. McNeely's three-part suite "One Question, Three Answers" features three tantalizing movements, with each one showcasing a pair of soloists. "Don't Even Ask" is a fluid post-bop vehicle featuring alto saxophonist Billy Drewes (one of Manhattan's first-call reedmen), McNeely and bassist Dennis Irwin, the latter in one of his last recordings with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra before losing his fight with cancer in early 2008.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
Label:
Planet Arts
UPC:
0820428100454
catalogNumber:
100454

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Jim McNeely   Piano
Luis Bonilla   Trombone
Ralph Lalama   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Mosca   Trombone
Dick Oatts   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
Douglas Purviance   Bass Trombone
John Riley   Drums
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rich Perry   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Greene   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Billy Drewes   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
Jason Jackson   Trombone
Nick Marchione   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Douglas Purviance   Audio Production
Thomas Bellino   Audio Production

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