Why Not

Why Not

by George Gruntz
     
 

It's safe to say that when George Gruntz founded his Concert Jazz Band back in 1972, few people predicted that the Swiss pianist would still be leading his post-bop orchestra 35 years later. Big bands, after all, carry a much higher overhead than small groups, which means that the vast majority of post-bop artists will never lead big bands -- and even if they do, it's…  See more details below

Overview

It's safe to say that when George Gruntz founded his Concert Jazz Band back in 1972, few people predicted that the Swiss pianist would still be leading his post-bop orchestra 35 years later. Big bands, after all, carry a much higher overhead than small groups, which means that the vast majority of post-bop artists will never lead big bands -- and even if they do, it's likely to be a one-album affair rather than something that lasts for decades. But thankfully, Gruntz' Concert Jazz Band was still going strong in 2007, the year in which Pourquoi Pas? Why Not? was recorded. This 70-minute CD, like many of Gruntz' releases, is very much a team effort and is easily recognizable as a Concert Jazz Band recording; nonetheless, there is plenty of room for soloists to stretch out -- and contributors to this 2007 edition of the Concert Jazz Band include Marvin Stamm on trumpet, Alexander Sipiagin on flugelhorn, Larry Schneider and Donny McCaslin on tenor sax, and Chris Hunter on alto sax, soprano sax, and flute. Highlights of this excellent album range from an exciting version of John Coltrane's "Big Nick" to two arrangements of Swiss classical composer Robert Suter's "Pourquoi Pas?" to Gruntz' "In the Tradition of Switzerland" (which is based on the traditional Swiss folk song "Vreneli Vom Guggisberg"). Equally memorable is an arrangement of Lil Hardin Armstrong's "Struttin' with Some Barbeque," which is usually heard in Dixieland, classic jazz, and swing settings but works perfectly well as post-bop. Gruntz turned 75 in 2007, and the engaging Pourquoi Pas? Why Not? makes one glad that the Concert Jazz Band was still a high priority for him after many years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0725095289221
catalogNumber:
28922

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gruntz   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Electric Piano,Bandleader
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chris Hunter   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Howard Johnson   Tuba,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Penny Whistle
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Euphonium
Sal Giorgianni   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Earl McIntyre   Trombone,Bass Trombone
John Riley   Drums
Larry Schneider   Tenor Saxophone
Gary Valente   Trombone
Donny McCaslin   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Sipiagin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kenny Rampton   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dave Bergeron   Trombone,Euphonium
Tatum Greenblatt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rene Mosele   Trombone
Arie Volinez   E-bow

Technical Credits

George Gruntz   Arranger,Composer
Marvin Stamm   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Dave Bargeron   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Makers   Audio Production
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Alex Sipiagin   Composer
Arthur Cohn   Author
Peter Bürli   Executive Producer
Armstrong   Composer
Andy Neresheimer   Engineer
Robert Suter   Composer
Hardin   Composer

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