New Standard Jazz Orchestra

Waltz About Nothing

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Robert D. Rusch, Cadence

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This 17­piece big band offers tight modern arrangements over 11 tracks [71:32]; with 6 originals from band members and 5 from outside the band like "Milestones," "Close To You" and "Star Crossed Lovers". While I don't find any identifiable footprint to the band sound (perhaps a slight touch of Kenton) what I do find, besides its tightness, is a fine use of soloists. After many listenings it was the trombone solos by Baker that continued to catch my ear. Baker is a member of the [English] National Youth Jazz Orchestra [NYJO]. He and the other trombonists [Tom Garling, Tim Coffman], all who have spent time with the Rob Parton band, shine throughout this recording. Other soloists include: John Wojciechowski [ts], Chris Madsen [as] Mark Hiebert [bs], Mark Colby [ts], Marquis Hill [tpt], Partyka [as], Dan Murphy [p] and B.J. Cord [tpt].






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