Flying Dream

Flying Dream

by Gordon Lee


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Flying Dream

After decades of small group work, Gordon Lee has taken the last eight years or so to start work on big-band arrangements, culminating in Flying Dream with the Gleeful Big Band, a collection of Portland jazz scene regulars (you might note Origin artists Stan Bock and Tim Jensen included along the way on lead trombone and piano, respectively). The motifs head for inspiration, but the music is somewhat spotty in terms of relaying the mood hoped for. Regardless of the themes, it's fine music however. The band plays well together, though it seems a bit makeshift from time to time (which works in favor of the feel in a number of songs), and the soloists make themselves known quite well as they get their moments in the sun. Highlights include the grooving bluesy "Tobacco Monkey" (an anti-smoking anthem, actually) and the ending "Alternative Blues." Both allow the horn sections to cut loose in various solos in widely different styles, one funky and one somewhat more restrained. The arrangements are perhaps not as consistent as the recent Kim Richmond album, but it's still a very nice showcase of the Portland scene thrown into combinations.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Oa2
UPC: 0805552201628
catalogNumber: 22016

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon Lee   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Soloist
Michael Powers   Bass Trombone
Charles T. Gray   Electric Bass,Group Member
Gary Harris   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
David Mills   Trumpet,Group Member
Andre St. James   Double Bass
Tom Bergeron   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Keller Coker   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Renato Caranto   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Stan Bock   Trombone,Soloist,Group Member
Tim Jensen   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Robert Crowell   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Farnell Newton   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carlton Jackson   Drums
Lars Campbell   Trombone
Randy Mueller   Trumpet
Charley Gray   Bass Guitar
Dave Mills   Trumpet
Rich Cooper   Trumpet,Group Member
Keller Coker   Trombone

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Stark   Engineer
Gordon Lee   Arranger,Composer
Matt Jorgensen   Cover Photo

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