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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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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  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Tcb Music
  • UPC: 725095289221
  • Catalog Number: 28922

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
Chris Von Rautenkranz Mastering
Arthur Cohn Author
Peter Bürli Executive Producer
Armstrong Composer
Andy Neresheimer Engineer
Robert Suter Composer
Hardin Composer
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