Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Falling Dream

OA2 22152

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4 1/2 stars...an impressively democratic group...Humor and camaraderie characterize the thoroughly enjoyable debut from this communal big band.
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For their second recording, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra went into the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA for a marathon two-day session, capturing the band's eclectic spirit through 9 original compositions along with an arrangement of McCoy Tyner's "Señor Carlos." Led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, the band has held down Sunday nights for three years at Doc's Lab in SF's vibrant North Beach neighborhood. Building a formidible book of originals and creative arrangements, a dynamic group aesthetic, and a loyal fan-base ready for anything, the ESO takes chances and explores options while never veering from their pursuit of heart, soul and groove. "Plenty of vibrancy to the huge sound generated by the band, but it's the way the music flows so effortlessly that makes this a winning album." - Bird is the Worm.


Track Listing:

1. The Captain, Charlie Gurke, Gurkestra music, BMI, 6:51
2. Gualala, Erik Jekabson, Jekab's Music, BMI, 7:50
3. Señor Carlos, McCoy Tyner, arranged by Doug Morton, 6:38
4. November, Erik Jekabson, Jekab's Music, BMI, 11:03
5. The Falling Dream, Darren Johnston, Darrenjohnston5000, ASCAP, 6:46
6. St. Paul, Michael Zilber, Michael Zilber, BMI, 6:07
7. Bossa Novato, Doug Morton, MoreTone Music, BMI, 4:32
8. Wicked, Jordan Samuels, 7:05
9. A.N.I.F, Charlie Gurke, Gurkestra Music, BMI, 5:36
10. Jungle Rumble, Erik Jekabson, Jekab's Music, BMI, 11:18

Performers:

SHELDON BROWN - alto saxophone
LARRY DELACRUZ - alto saxophone
MICHAEL ZILBER - tenor saxophone
MARCUS STEPHENS - tenor saxophone
CHARLIE GURKE - baritone saxophone
ROB EWING - trombone
DANNY LUBIN-LADEN - trombone
PATRICK MALABUYO - trombone
RICHARD LEE - trombone
ERIK JEKABSON - trumpet
DARREN JOHNSTON - trumpet
DAVE SCOTT - trumpet (1,2,7,10)
DOUG MORTON - trumpet (1-6)
IAN CAREY - trumpet (7-10)
HENRY HUNG - trumpet (5,6,8)
NIEL LEVONIOUS - trumpet (3,4)
DAN ZEMELMAN - piano
COLIN HOGAN - piano (2)
GRANT LEVIN - piano (8)
Bass: TOMMY FOLEN - bass
Drums: HAMIR ATWAL - drums (3-6,8,9)
DAVID FLORES - drums (1,7,10)
ALAN HALL - drums (2)
Special Guest:
JOHN SANTOS - percussion (1,7,10)

Production Info:

Produced by Erik Jekabson
Recorded by Jeff Cressman, assistant engineer: Alberto Hernandez
at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, December 12, 13, 2015
Mixed by Jeff Cressman at Cressman Music
Mastered by Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Studio, Oakland, CA
Artist photos by Baytaper, Karen Goldman
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of The Falling Dream

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
A big band powered by a whole lot of wind records and plays like the pressure is off and they just want to have fun hanging out together. Quite a feat that this whole date was recorded in two sessions and everyone is watching the clock these days. Filled with the kind of fun that spills out of the speakers and gets all over everything, this is ho ...







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