Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra

Meeting of the Waters

OA2 22033

“... a thoroughly professional, bold, glossy, and swinging sound...”
Howard Mandel / Jazziz

SWOJO shows off their musical muscle in this set of original tracks recorded live in concert. Performing the music of Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend and their musical director, Dr. Daniel Barry, "Meeting of the Waters" exhibits the power, energy and spirit of the 7-year old group's live performances. SWOJO's distinctive sound blends the dynamic and the artful, the bold and the sensitive, exploring the jazz mainstream and all manner of Latin music.

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TRACKS:

1 ENCONTRO DAS ĄGUAS (Meeting of the Waters) 5:40 Daniel Barry
2 THE CHECKERED DEMON 5:48 Daniel Barry
3 THE TULIP WONDER 5:41 Hazel Leach
4 SELF PORTRAIT 11:40 Hazel Leach
5 WALTZ OF THE JELLYFISH 7:32 Jill Townsend
6 THE MIGHTY URUBAMBA 10:16 Daniel Barry
7 OLD FOLKS 6:59 Willard Robison & Dedette Lee Hill, arr Jill Townsend
8 MIRAFLORES 11:17 Daniel Barry

PRODUCTION:

Mixed and recorded on location by JIM WILKE
Mastered by DAVE PASCAL
Produced by DANIEL BARRY and CAROLYN CASTER
Design and Layout JOHN BISHOP

PERFORMERS:

Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra is:

LISA GORDANIER - lead alto saxophone (2,4,5,6,8) clarinet 4
BARBARA HUBERS-DRAKE - alto saxophone (1-7)
CYNTHIA MULLIS - lead alto saxophone (1,3,7) tenor saxophone (2,5,6,8)
TOBI STONE - tenor saxophone (1,3-7) clarinet 4
ANN BABB - baritone saxophone
TINA RICHERSON - tenor saxophone (1-4,7,8)
GWEN BAYLY - alto saxophone (8)
DENNIS HALDANE - lead trumpet (1-3,5-8)
MARGE ROSEN - trumpet
ANGELA SMITH - trumpet (2,4-8)
SARAH NELSON - trumpet (2,4,5,6,8)
MIKE MINES - lead trumpet (4)
CHAD McCULLOUGH - trumpet (1,3)
MICHAEL VAN BEEBER - trumpet (1,3)
SHELLY DEVLIN - trumpet (7)
CAROLYN CASTER - lead trombone
MARIAH RALSTON - trombone (1,3-8)
ERIN EASLEY - trombone (1,3,5,6,8)
JENNIFER KELLOGG - trombone (2) bass trombone (1,3-6,8)
CYNTHIA McGOWAN - trombone (2,4,7)
KELLYN HALEY - bass trombone (2,7)
ANN REYNOLDS - piano
RACHAEL CONTORER - bass
JEREMY JONES - drums
MICHELLE McGOWAN - percussion (1,6,8)
DANIEL BARRY - trumpet (1)
GRETA MATASSA - vocals (4)
HAZEL LEACH - conductor (4)
JILL TOWNSEND - conductor (5)

REVIEWS:

All Music Guide (Ken Dryden)
The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra features some of the top jazz musicians and arrangers in the Pacific Northwest, primarily focusing on original music written for the band. The tight harmonies of the ensembles and strong soloists are key ingredients to their success. This is not strictly an all-female band like Diva, as drummer Jeremy Jones and lead trumpeter Dennis Haldane are regular members and there are several male guests in the trumpet section. Musical director Daniel Barry contributed se...
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, now seven years old, has produced its second superlative album of contemporary jazz, a cosmopolitan enterprise showcasing impressive compositions and arrangements by musical director Daniel Barry; Englishwoman Hazel Leach, co-leader of the European-based United Women's Orchestra; and Jill Townsend, one of Canada's most talented writers in the big-band genre.

As on its previous recording, Dreamcatcher (OA2, 2004), SWOJO leaves no doubt that it can ...
Cadence (Jason Bivins)
The SWJO is an obviously very tightly rehearsed group executing crafty but fluid arrangements and generally coming across as dynamic and grooving. With a considerable power to their sound, balanced by grace and restraint in the execution, this is a band sure to please those listeners who gravitate toward large ensemble mainstream music. The album has some fine highpoints and some clunkers too. For example, there are some very nice sections in the middle of Barry's "The Checkered Demon," oddly br...
The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
The "almost all" women's orchestra - a few brass players, the drummer and musical director are guys - draws upon a cadre of 29 musicians who live, work and perform in the Seattle area. They utilize a standard 17-piece unit for this album and their concerts.

Most of the musicians also play with other groups in that locale, so they certainly qualify as professionals.

This CD is the ensemble's second release. Unlike the first, which consisted of familiar standards, all the...

 

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