Where or When

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Indianapolis based big band of trumpeter Mark Buselli and trombonist Brent Wallarab was formed in 1994 as a group that focused on instrumental arrangements and compositions. They also produced a fine effort, Carol of the Bells, in 2007, dedicated to adaptations of holiday music, and have worked with local jazz singers. Here the band hands centerstage over to the underappreciated singer Everett Greene, who uses his deep bass baritone much in the style of Billy Eckstine or Joe Williams, but has his own personalized way of phrasing that identifies him as an incurable romantic. He's not without his kick of blues or splash of fun, but he basically tugs at heartstrings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Indianapolis based big band of trumpeter Mark Buselli and trombonist Brent Wallarab was formed in 1994 as a group that focused on instrumental arrangements and compositions. They also produced a fine effort, Carol of the Bells, in 2007, dedicated to adaptations of holiday music, and have worked with local jazz singers. Here the band hands centerstage over to the underappreciated singer Everett Greene, who uses his deep bass baritone much in the style of Billy Eckstine or Joe Williams, but has his own personalized way of phrasing that identifies him as an incurable romantic. He's not without his kick of blues or splash of fun, but he basically tugs at heartstrings and offers dissertations of unrequited love. The downsized arrangements are similar to what a modern-day Count Basie might utilize, but they are a trifle heftier, admittedly influenced by Marty Paich, with a balanced instrumentation between saxes and brass. As the charts are smaller, the concentrated sound of the group is not, supplying a rich tapestry of colors to illuminate the singing of the profoundly wise Greene. He's effectively using vocal embers instead of flames with French horn and brass asides on "My Romance," and is perfectly melancholy during "I'll Be Around." Most like Joe Williams, Greene convincingly sings the wishfully thinking "Where or When" with an Ernie Wilkins-like arrangement, goes to a lighter side on the bossa nova flavored "Watch What Happens," or is reflectively triggered by the flute of Mike Stricklin with the horns trailing along during the ballad "My Foolish Heart." If you enjoy the singing of Greene, heard here at age 72, please refer to his 1998 Savant label CD also titled My Foolish Heart. Cynthia Layne is the singer for three tracks that are also very good, and showcase her pliable, perfect pitch, sophisticated voice. The contemporary arrangement of "L-O-V-E" sports a sensual and spiritual confluence with Stricklin's soprano as the base color, "Avalon" is the hottest bopper of the set with the energetic counterpointed cross section horns urging Layne onward, while "Teach Me Tonight" is a straight blues. There are two instrumentals; the easy swinging and gentle "Wonderland" and the expanded, rearranged treatment of "More Than You Know." Buselli and Wallarab are more than capable musicians and soloists, tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon and Stricklin are the rising stars deserving some national acclaim, while pianist Luke Gillespie is very worthy of some notice in his deft phrasings and shadings of these pieces out of the limelight. Territory bands have been around since the dawn of the big-band era, and because of economics, this band may not be in your town soon. Buying this CD will somewhat rectify that problem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Owl Studios
  • UPC: 879076060092
  • Catalog Number: 119
  • Sales rank: 358,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Romance (2:52)
  2. 2 Where or When (4:37)
  3. 3 L-O-V-E (2:16)
  4. 4 Watch What Happens (4:22)
  5. 5 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (3:28)
  6. 6 Wonderland (5:36)
  7. 7 I'll Be Around (4:55)
  8. 8 This Can't Be Love - Mike Strickin (2:59)
  9. 9 Avalon (2:57)
  10. 10 My Foolish Heart (5:32)
  11. 11 More Than You Know (4:09)
  12. 12 Teach Me Tonight (4:05)
  13. 13 My Funny Valentine (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Brent Wallarab Trombone, Conductor, Group Member
Jack Helsley Bass, Group Member
Everett Greene Vocals, Group Member
Tom Meyer Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Mark Buselli Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Jeff Conrad Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Group Member
Richard Dole Bass Trombone, Group Member
Luke Gillespie Piano, Group Member
Cynthia Layne Vocals, Group Member
Rob Dixon Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Milt Gabler Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Mark Hood Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Gary Mielke Mastering
Vincent Rose Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Brent Wallarab Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Edward Eliscu Composer
Mark Buselli Arranger, Producer
P.J. Yinger Art Direction
Rob Dixon Producer
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