by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra


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Outside of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, there are few areas, if any, that have the depth and breadth of talent to support a major repertory orchestra. And perhaps even with these, the major markets might have a problem putting together a permanently standing aggregation which meets the definition of repertory in the manner that the rotating 17-member Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra has done since their inception in 1995. According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, repertory refers to "a company that presents several different plays, opera, or [musical] pieces usually alternatively in the course of a season." This is precisely what is presented on this CD. There are pieces played and/or written by such jazz giants as Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, and Charles Mingus played by the orchestra live from 1997 though 2001. But the favorites are Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, who are represented by four items. Not only are these two favored, but the concept that the orchestra is the instrument developed by Ellington is clearly the preference of the orchestra's co-directors, Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. But like Ellington's bands, there is plenty of room for solos. And what a crew to pick from. There's the veteran saxman Don Lanphere, top-ranked pianist Marc Seales, multi-virtuoso Jay Thomas, alto sax player Mark Taylor, David Marriott Jr. on trombone, and Floyd Standifer on trumpet. The band is driven by Acox on drums and they show no mercy on such cuts as "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Most of these players have CDs of their own on the market. The group not only can swing, but oozes sophistication and elegance on "Blue and Sentimental," which features a bluesy clarinet by Dan Wickham. All around good stuff; this CD is highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2003
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558239922
catalogNumber: 82399

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Don Lanphere   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jay Thomas   Trumpet,Soloist
Bill Anthony   Soloist
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Brad Smith   Trumpet,Soloist
Phil Sparks   Bass,Soloist
Floyd Standifer   Trumpet,Soloist
Bill Ramsay   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Reuel V. Lubag   Piano
Dan Marcus   Trombone,Tuba,Soloist,Trombonium
Marc Seales   Piano,Soloist
Dan Wickham   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
David Marriott   Trombone
Clarence Acox   Drums,Soloist
Bill Anthony   Trombone
Rob Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Davis   Soloist

Technical Credits

Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Bob Hammer   Arranger
Gil Evans   Arranger
Jim Wilke   Engineer,Cover Photo
Clarence Acox   Director,Producer

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