Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra
Meeting of the Waters
“... 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.
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
Mixed and recorded on location by JIM WILKE
Mastered by DAVE PASCAL
Produced by DANIEL BARRY and CAROLYN CASTER
Design and Layout JOHN BISHOP
Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra is:
- lead alto saxophone (2,4,5,6,8) clarinet 4
- alto saxophone (1-7)
- lead alto saxophone (1,3,7) tenor saxophone (2,5,6,8)
- tenor saxophone (1,3-7) clarinet 4
- baritone saxophone
- tenor saxophone (1-4,7,8)
- alto saxophone (8)
- lead trumpet (1-3,5-8)
- trumpet (2,4-8)
- trumpet (2,4,5,6,8)
- lead trumpet (4)
- trumpet (1,3)
MICHAEL VAN BEEBER
- trumpet (1,3)
- trumpet (7)
- lead trombone
- trombone (1,3-8)
- trombone (1,3,5,6,8)
- trombone (2) bass trombone (1,3-6,8)
- trombone (2,4,7)
- bass trombone (2,7)
- percussion (1,6,8)
- trumpet (1)
- vocals (4)
- conductor (4)
- conductor (5)
All Music Guide
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
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 ...
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
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...