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Andy Farber & His Orchestra - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big

14-07-2015, 20:47

Andy Farber & His Orchestra - This Could Be The Start Of Something Big

Artist: Andy Farber & His Orchestra
Title: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Black Warrior Records
Genre: Jazz / Swing
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 59:03 min
Total Size: 134 MB
WebSite: Amazon

01. Bombers
02. Space Suit
03. Body & Soul
04. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
05. It Is What It Is
06. Broadway
07. Roll 'em Pete
08. Midnight, The Stars & You
09. 52nd Street Theme
10. Short Yarn
11. The Man I Love
12. High Anxiety
13. Jack The Bellboy
14. Seems Like Old Times

The sight and sound of one of the classic big bands in full flight must have been something to behold. For those fans of big band jazz who never got to experience such a thing, as well as for those who did and remember it fondly, Andy Farber And His Orchestra bring the sound back with a bang on This Could Be The Start Of Something Big.

Saxophonist Farber arranged and conducted all of the tunes, as well as writing four numbers. As a former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Musical Director, arranger or conductor for Jon Hendricks, Joe Lovano, Shirley Horn and B.B. King, to name just a few, Farber's credentials for this project are strong. He takes what drummer Alvester Garnett, who wrote the liner notes, terms an "Ellingtonian aesthetic" of writing for specific players, while emphasizing the ensemble rather than soloists. The approach works superbly here—the soloists are impressive, but it's the sound of the full 18-piece band that really leaves a lasting, positive, impression.

This Could Be The Start Of Something Big doesn't steer the big band into any new territory, but it certainly emphasizes its vitality and relevance. Farber's Orchestra swings like a big band should, whether playing standards or interpreting Farber's originals. It's a terrific ensemble, with a strong and engaging sound. ~Bruce Lindsay

Andy Farber: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute; Chuck Wilson: alto saxophone; Jay Brandford: alto saxophone; Dan Block: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Marc Phaneuf: tenor saxophone; Kurt Bacher: baritone saxophone; Brian Paresi; Bob Grillo: guitar; Kenny Ascher: piano; Jennifer Vincent: bass; Alvester Garnett: drums; Mark Sherman: vibraphone (8); Jon Hendricks: vocals (4, 7); John Hendricks & Co Singers (4, 7): Aria Hendricks, Kevin Fitzgerald Burke; Jerry Dodgion: alto saxophone (6).

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