Next Stop: Live...On the Road

Next Stop: Live...On the Road

by Mike Vax


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Next Stop: Live...On the Road

Mike Vax, who gained his initial recognition as lead trumpeter with the Stan Kenton Orchestra during part of the 1970s, has been heard in a wide variety of settings ever since but seems happiest when leading his own big band. Although inspired by Kenton and including a few of his later-period alumni, Vax's 15-horn, 19-piece ensemble does not sound like a duplicate of Kenton's. It is a mighty outfit with many lesser-known but talented soloists. The biggest names among the sidemen are pianist/arranger Bob Florence, trumpeter Carl Saunders (who is showcased on "My Foolish Heart"), and altoist Kim Richmond, but Saunders and Richmond only get one solo apiece since there are so many fine players in the band. Among the other main soloists are trumpeters Vax, Jay DaVersa, and Mike Olmos; tenors Pete Gallio and Alex Murzyn; and altoist Scott Peterson. However, it is the passion of the ensembles and the inventive arrangements that consistently steal the show. The arrangements of Lennie Niehaus, Gerry Mulligan ("Young Blood"), Hank Levy, Frank Mantooth, Ray Wetzel ("Intermission Riff"), Dale DeVoe, and Kenton (an odd version of "The Love Theme from Hair"!) are colorful, with the high point being Bob Florence's lengthy "Appearing in Cleveland," which is his impression of several Kenton-associated pieces. This CD is easily recommended to fans of the Stan Kenton legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402418926
catalogNumber: 418
Rank: 189703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Vax   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Lead
James Peterson   Guitar
Bob Florence   Piano
Kim Richmond   Alto Saxophone,Lead
Alex Murzyn   Tenor Saxophone
Jay DaVersa   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dale Devoe   Trombone,Lead
Pete Gallio   Tenor Saxophone
Joel Kaye   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Dennis Noday   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Lead
Carl Saunders   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Lead
Kenny Shroyer   Bass Trombone
Mike Suter   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Roy Wiegand   Trombone,Lead
Scott Petersen   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jamie Tate   Drums
Chris Symer   Bass,Double Bass
Mike Olmos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Curtis Fox   Trombone
Ray Wiegland   Trombone
Jack Peterson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Florence   Arranger,Composer
Stan Kenton   Arranger
Frank Mantooth   Arranger
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger,Composer
Kim Richmond   Adaptation
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger,Composer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
Mike Vax   Director,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
John Boice   Arranger
Betty Comden   Composer
Dale Devoe   Arranger,Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Hank Levy   Arranger,Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Albert Hague   Composer
Robert Robbins   Liner Notes
David Clements   Engineer
Norm Tompach   Audio Production

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