Daniel Jamieson's Danjam Orchestra

Sudden Appearance

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MUSIC REVIEW BY John Terauds, Toronto Star

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Here's something for the adventurous listener. To hear the state of-the-art in big bands, check out sax player-composer Daniel Jamieson's eight-track debut CD with his 20-strong Danjam Orchestra. There are signature big-band riffs on each track, but the bulk of the music, which ranges from the noodlings of free jazz to the drive of hard bop, tells its story without a firm tonal centre and certainly without conventional pairings of instruments. The players, many of which are grads of the Manhattan School of Music, are fantastic. Canadian boy Jamieson's compositions, however, are often clever for the sake of being clever rather than showing sound musical judgment. That said, "Song for Anna," featuring the vocals of Bostonian Jihye Kim, is a sensual treat. Jamieson's own alto-sax solo work on his arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" is good for a big one.






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