Steve Williams & Jazz Nation

Jazz Nation

OA2 22091



Killer stuff throughout that's so hot even the esteemable Eddie Daniels can't be more than frosting on this cake.
Chris Spector

Assimilating the sounds of jazz's greatest composers to masterfully create a voice all his own, the veteran composer, alto saxophonist and band leader takes his Washington, DC-based big band through a tradition-drenched yet thoroughly modern set of original compositions. Along with special guest, the mighty Eddie Daniels, Williams and the band not only prove that Big Bands are "alive and well," but also exciting, creative and inspired. Former Music Director of the U.S. Navy Commodores, Williams has also been a member of the Afro Bop Alliance, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the famed One O'Clock Band from North Texas State.


Track Listing:

1 Certified 7:18
2 Inner Lines 7:56
3 Hook or Crook? 7:50
4 Thad's Lament 8:40
5 Entre' Nous 8:37
6 Where's Marty? 8:25
7 Elyeska 5:56
8 Cathel Brugha Blues 7:20

Performers:

Steve Williams & Jazz Nation is:
STEVE WILLIAMS - main instigator, lead alto, clarinet, flute

SAXES:
JOE HENSON - alto, clarinet, flute
LUIS HERNANDEZ - tenor, clarinet and flute
JOHN DESALME - tenor, clarinet and flute
SCOTT SILBERT - bari, bass clarinet, clarinet, piccolo

TRUMPET AND FLUGELHORN:
BRIAN MacDONALD - lead
LIESL WHITAKER
JUSTIN KISOR
TIM STANLEY

JIM McFALLS - lead TROMBONE
JAMEY WAY - TROMBONE
DAVE PERKEL - TROMBONE
MARK MORGAN - bass TROMBONE

RHYTHM:
PETE McCANN - guitar
HARRY APPELMAN - piano
MIKE POPE - bass
JOE McCARTHY - drums & percussion

with special guest:
EDDIE DANIELS - tenor, clarinet

Production Info:

Produced by Steve Williams
Co-produced by Bob Dawson
Recorded & mixed by Bob Dawson
at Bias Studios, Springfield, Virginia
on October 10 & 11, 2010
Mastered by Mike Monseur
at Bias Studios, Springfield, Virginia
Eddie Daniels recorded at Bias Studios,
February 24, 2011
Recorded by Jim Edwards
Cover photo by Songquan Deng
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Jazz Nation

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
We don't even want to argue here. Williams has paid dues of a different sort having come from the Texas Lab Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He's done something quite admirable here---he's distilled the works of the masters into an original set of his own songs that define modern daddio jazz with such style and authenticity t ...

Jazziz (Ed Kopp)
It's almost impossible to sustain a touring big band in today's economy, so it's left to regional ensembles to keep the big band tradition alive. Most of these local groups don't play together frequently enough to develop a distinctive personality. But Steve Williams & Jazz Nation sound like a tight fraternity on this intelligent and accessible ...

JazzScan (Ric Bang)
Composer, arranger and saxophonist Steve Williams is another of the many individuals who is famous within the music world, but relatively unknown outside it. He’s a graduate of the University of North Texas — formally North Texas State University, an institution that has produced a number of great jazz musicians — and Florida State University; duri ...

The New York City Jazz Record (George Kanzler)
Clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels is represented at both ends of the ensemble spectrum on these CDs: in duo with pianist Roger Kellaway on Duke at the Roadhouse and as a guest with the big band Jazz Nation led by Steve Williams, a role recalling Daniels’ tenure in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Duke at the Roadhouse is an adv ...







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