Vince Norman / Joe McCarthy Big Band

Bright Future

OA2 22060

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This is an awesome ensemble on all counts: writing, soloing and swinging...
-Ed Soph

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Vince Norman teams up again with the recent Grammy-winning percussionist Joe McCarthy for a strong follow-up to their 2007 OA2 release, "Words Cannot Express." With "Bright Future," the duo once again calls on their band of top-flight Washington D.C.-area musicians for a swinging performance of Norman's arrangements. Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar" is the only standard, and features solos from Norman, on both alto and soprano sax, Ben Patterson on trombone, tenor saxophonist Luis Hernandez and guitarist Gary Malvaso. Trumpeter Tim Stanley is featured throughout the record, and Norman even plays melodica on his tune "Katelyn." "Bright Future" is another great look at one of America's finest Big Bands.


Track Listing:

1 Knight For a Day (The Dragon's Demise) 6:01
2 For My Beloved 6:55
3 Ah Dju Bah 4:09
4 Trilogy 6:48
5 Katelyn 6:49
6 Connect the Dots 7:04
7 Bright Future 4:46
8 Sugar 5:07
9 Super Grover 8:06
10 Goodbye Mr. Schulz 6:01

Performers:

The Vince Norman / Joe McCarthy Big Band:

SAXES:
Steve Williams - (lead
Andy Axelrad - (Alto sax, flute)
Luis Hernandez - (Tenor sax)
Ben Bokor - (Tenor sax, flute)
Rob Holmes - (Baritone sax, bass clarinet)

TRUMPETS:
Chris Walker - (lead)
Paul Armstrong - (lead on Knight For a Day)
Greg Reese - TRUMPET
Tim Stanley - TRUMPET

TROMBONES:
Ben Patterson - (lead)
Joe Jackson - TROMBONE
Rhoades Whitehill - (lead on Trilogy)
Dave Perkel - (3rd bone on Trilogy only)
Major Bailey - (Bass trom.)

RHYTHM:
Tony Nalker - (Piano)
Mike Pope - (Bass)
Gary Malvaso - (Guitar)
Joe McCarthy - (Drums, percussion, co-leader)

CONDUCTOR:
Vince Norman - (Bb Soprano, C soprano, alto and
tenor saxes, bass clarinet, melodica)

Production Info:

Produced by Vince Norman & Joe McCarthy
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Bob Dawson
at Bias Recording Studio, Springfield, VA
Recorded March 9-10, 2009
Cover photograph by Alberto Fanelli
Cover design by John Bishop


Reviews of Bright Future

Jazz Chicago (BradWalseth)
This Washington D.C. big band will knock you out right off the bat as opening composition "Knight for a Day (Dragon's Demise)" features an ample horn section blasting out of the speakers. With an exciting arrangement that hints at some of Gil Evans' "Porgy and Bess" themes with a Maynard Ferguson touch and some tasty solos, a big band fan will find ...

All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Saxist Vince Norman and percussionist Joe McCarthy got their D.C.-area big band together for a second round in Bright Future, the follow-up to 2007's Words Cannot Express. The result is in many ways outstanding and in many ways somewhat stereotypical. On the market today, there are both classic forms of big band (mimicking the stomp and swing bands ...

Jazz Times (Harver Siders)
Release number two for the Norman-McCarthy band, and the momentum from its debut album, Words Cannot Express, as well as ten of its key players being intact, lend continuity to this exciting D.C.-based organization. Since Washington seems to have an inexhaustible supply of eager, first-rate sidemen thanks to the profusion of service bands in the Ca ...







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