Reasons to Be Thankful

Reasons to Be Thankful

by Art Lillard


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Reasons to Be Thankful

As of 2006, Art Lillard's Heavenly Orchestra had been together for 18 years, although the local big band is little known outside of New York. Two aspects are particularly unusual about this orchestra's CD. Rather than playing standards like most swing-oriented big bands, all of the songs are originals by drummer-leader Art Lillard, who also arranged all of the pieces in a style reminiscent at times of both Count Basie and Thad Jones. In addition, four vocalists make appearances on six of the numbers yet do not dominate the music; Mary Foster Conklin is featured the most. Best known among the sidemen are veteran altoist Bob Mover and pianists Mike Longo and Arturo O'Farrill, but it is the more obscure players who generally take solo honors. The music overall is happy and swinging with well-played yet loose ensembles and a joyous group sound. Despite the lack of name recognition in both personnel and repertoire, Reasons to Be Thankful is easily recommended to fans of swinging big bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402440927
catalogNumber: 440

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Lillard   Primary Artist,Drums,Group Member
Mike Longo   Piano,Group Member
Jeff Schiller   Flute,Group Member
Mauricio Smith   Flute,Group Member
Jay Collins   Flute,Group Member
Sean Smith   Bass,Group Member
Jan Leder   Flute,Group Member
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano,Group Member
Mary Foster Conklin   Vocals,Group Member
Kyle Whelan   Soprano Saxophone,Group Member
Mark McCarron   Guitar,Group Member
Erik Jekabson   Trombone,Group Member
Miles Griffith   Vocals,Group Member
Gilad   Percussion
Michael Boschen   Trombone,Group Member
Todd Isler   Percussion
David Valdez   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Phil Arnold   Trombone

Technical Credits

Carol Chaikin   Composer
Mike Longo   Author
Jim Czak   Engineer
Jeff Schiller   Composer
Jan Leder   Composer
Jim Macnie   Author
Art Lillard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark McCarron   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
John L. Cooper   Liner Notes
Michael Tremante   Arranger
Tim Peierls   Producer
Larry Browne   Composer

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