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Chris Walden Big Band

No Bounds

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“...as tasteful a big band album as you're likely to hear today...”
Victor L. Schermer / All About Jazz

Walden's follow up to his 2005 Grammy-nominated release "Home of My Heart," is another triumph of the big band idiom. Featuring once again the vocals of Tierney Sutton, the lead trumpet of Wayne Bergeron, as well as soloists Brandon Fields, Till Bronner, and many more top-flight Los Angeles musicians, "No Bounds" breadth of musical styles, lush cinematic sweep, and perpetual swing will appeal to all music lovers.

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TRACKS:

1 WINTER GAMES 3:49
2 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR 5:00
3 NO BOUNDS 6:30
4 PEOPLE WILL SAY WE'RE IN LOVE 5:07
5 CLAX'S THEME 4:27
6 IN THE DOGHOUSE 6:33
7 TRY HARDER 3:50
8 SMILE 4:16
9 SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME 5:13
10 OTTERKAM 5:14
11 IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL 5:14

PRODUCTION:

Recorded & mixed at CAPITOL STUDIOS, Hollywood
December 2005 & March/April 2006
Piano on "No Bounds" recorded by THOMAS KERN at Tonstudio K., Cologne, Germany
Recording and mixing engineer: TOMMY VICARI
Assistant engineers: STEVE GENEWICK, JIMMY HOYSON, DINO HERRMANN
Piano technician: KEITH ALBRIGHT
Mastering: ROBERT VOSGIEN at CAPITOL MASTERING
Contractor: GINA ZIMMITTI
Photographs: BEATE WALDEN
Cover design & layout: JOHN BISHOP
Publicity: COSTA COMMUNICATIONS
Radio Promotion: NEAL SAPPER
Executive producer: CHRIS WALDEN

PERFORMERS:

Chris Walden Big Band:

Tierney Sutton - Vocals (appears courtesy of Telarc International Corporation)
Jeff Driskill - Sax
Kim Richmond - Sax
Rob Lockart - Sax
Brandon Fields - Sax
TomPeterson - Sax
Wayne Bergeron - Trumpet
Kye Palmer - Trumpet
Ron King - Trumpet
Carl Saunders - Trumpet
Kevin Richardson - Trumpet
Till Bronner - Trumpet (courtesy of Verve/Universal Germany)
Bob McChesney - Trombone
Andy Martin - Trombone
Alex Iles - Trombone
Arturo Velasco - Trombone
Rich Bullock - Trombone
Brian Monroney - Guitar
Alan Steinberger - Piano
Frank Chastenier - Piano (courtesy of Verve/Universal Germany)
Ken Wild - Bass
Ray Brinker - Drums
Gregg Field - Drums
M.B. Gordy - Vibes/Percussion
Chris Walden - Additional drum & synth programming
Martin Tillman - Electric Cello
Gayle Levant - Harp
Steve Becknell, Dan Kelley, Brian O'Connor, Phillip Yao - French Horns
Bruce Dukow - Violin (concertmaster)
Jackie Brand - Violin
Roberto Cani - Violin
Tammy Hatwan - Violin
Pat Johnson - Violin
Jennifer Levin - Violin
Josefina Vergara - Violin
Marina Manukian - Violin
Sid Page - Violin
Katia Popov - Violin
Marc Sazer - Violin
Kevin Connolly - Violin
Alan Grunfeld - Violin
Roger Wilkie - Violin
Tereza Stanislav - Violin
Helen Nightengale - Violin
Brian Dembow - Viola
Matt Funes - Viola
Keith Greene - Viola
Darrin McCann - Viola
Thomas Diener - Viola
Roland Kato - Viola
Steve Erdody - Cello
Trevor Handy - Cello
Andrew Shulman - Cello
Dane Little - Cello
Larry Corbett - Cello
Kim Scholes - Cello
Ken Wild, Mike Valerio, Ian Walker - Contrabasses

REVIEWS:

All About Jazz (Victor L. Schermer)
No Bounds is as tasteful a big band album as you're likely to hear today, at a time when large jazz ensembles compete in virtuousity, intensity, range andˇunfortunatelyˇvolume. Every note on the disc is well-placed, in tune and, even when dissonant, pleasing to the ears. That's because Walden knows music from top to bottom, having been a trumpeter ...
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
Chris Walden's debut album, 2005's Home of My Heart (previously reviewed) was a hard act to follow. His latest CD does not match the full power and force of his debut, but it is still a fine contemporary big band issue. In these days when true big band recordings with new material are so rare, Walden delivers the goods again by mixing a jazz versio ...
All About Jazz (Jim Santella)
For his sophomore release, trumpeter Chris Walden has written big band arrangements for several old chestnuts, several fresh originals and a few rare gems. His program sparkles with an accessible ambience. The combination of several vocal selections, a balance of orchestral instruments and big band sounds, and stellar soloing from this lineup of Lo ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
Chris Walden has been on a heck of a roll lately, with two Grammy nods for last year's Home of My Heart, one of the finest big band efforts of the year. He also in did the orchestrations for the acclaimed Michael Bolton set Bolton Swings Sinatra. Home of My Heart deserved all the accolades that came its way; No Bounds is an even stronger disc. ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
The follow-up to a particularly successful debut album, No Bounds brings more of what could potentially be referred to as "contemporary" big band. Big band as a major force disappeared decades ago, and those playing now are almost entirely nostalgia-based groups playing the old standards. Chris Walden is one of a very few that has adapted the genre ...
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
Any way you slice it, it's not easy for a big band to earn a Grammy Award nomination. Composer/arranger Chris Walden's debut album, Home of My Heart, received not one but two, for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Arrangement. One year later, Walden returns with another strong contender, No Bounds, showcasing eleven of his exemplary ch ...
ejazznews (John Gilbert)
This is a fine big band with the likes of Carl Saunders and Kim Richmond on it and any band with these strong players has a lot to say. "When You Wish Upon A Star" features Kim Richmond's muscular alto solo which makes this star shine in all its glory, no need to wish upon it. "People Will Say We're In Love".....Tierney Sutton's sibilance s ...
Ventura County Reporter (Matthew Singer)
THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Composer Chris Walden never wanted to be a star, but with No Bounds he may have no choice When Chris Walden was growing up in Germany, his mother, a choir singer, would often rehearse at home. Thus, musicians were always around. And where there are musicians, there are instruments. That is where the future Grammy-nom ...
San Diego Union-Tribune (Andrew Gilbert)
At the age of 29, Chris Walden came to Hollywood to write music for the movies, but he's gained almost as much attention with his talent-packed big band, winning fans like film composer John Williams and jazz pianist John Grusin. The German-born trumpeter and composer moved to California in the mid-1990s, looking to find work on big-budget ...
MusicWeb International (Tony Augarde)
Too many big band recordings sound the same, using hackneyed techniques and voicings. But this album sounds different right from the very start ˝ an imaginative arrangement of David Foster's Winter Games. The ensemble sound is a knockout, possibly because Chris Walden uses six trumpets and five trombones, creating a rich and rare depth to the music ...
The Davis Enterprise, September 14, 2006 (Ric Bang)
Chris Walden was born and raised in Germany, where he received his musical education. He now lives and works in Los Angeles as a musician, composer and arranger. He has scored more than 30 feature and TV films, and arranged works for numerous artists and the Chicago Symphony. With that background, it's no surprise that the band utilized on this ...
Jazz Times, November 2006 (David Franklin)
Although he ended up losing to Dave Holland and Gordon Goodwin, respectively, the German-born composer-arranger Chris Walden was recently nominated for Grammy Awards for best large jazz ensemble album and best instrumental arrangement. No Bounds is the follow-up to Home of My Heart, the album that brought him such acclaim. A compositional virtuoso ...
Jazz Review (Brenton Plourde )
Hailing from Germany, Chris Walden has combined the two elements of European big band with classic American big band to release a great album. What really stands out here are the two tracks "People Will Say We're In Love" and "Smile." Both are sung by vocalist Tierney Sutton, the Milwaukee born, Los Angeles transplant who really brings those two ...
Downbeat, December 2006 (Fred Bouchard)
Arms-wide embraces and straightforward voicings mark the squeaky-clean but silky-smooth style of trumpeter and film and TV composer Walden. A cast of 60-plus with international guests wail these tight-as-a-cricket charts and take brisk solos. Tierney Sutton sings Peggy Lee straight-arrow on "People Will Say We're In Love" as trombonist Bob McChesne ...
ejazznews (Edward Blanco)
No Bounds is an enchanting and absolutely riveting big band release from German composer/arranger, Chris Walden, a two-time Grammy Award nominee for his previous album, Home of My Heart. This recording has a decidedly Disney musical theme as Walden includes three big band orchestrations of the Disney songs, "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Some Day My ...
Cadence, December 2006 (Jack Bowers)
No Bounds is composer/arranger Chris Walden's follow-up to last year's Grammy Award-nominated Home of My Heart[Origin 82439], and could be another strong contender for that honor, as it comprises eleven of his admirable charts performed by a blue-chip ensemble of Los Angeles-area studio/big band musicians. Walden, who employs a large string section ...
www.jazzreview.com (Brenton Plourde )
Hailing from Germany, Chris Walden has combined the two elements of European big band with classic American big band to release a great album. What really stands out here are the two tracks "People Will Say We're In Love" and "Smile." Both are sung by vocalist Tierney Sutton, the Milwaukee born, Los Angeles transplant who really brings those two ...

 

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