Tim Davies Big Band

The Expensive Train Set

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Hobart Taylor, KUCI - Irvine, CA

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Composer/arranger Davies's day job is Hollywood... film scores, arranging a symphonic performance of Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly", etc. Here he gets to show his own capacity to write and arrange big band music as high art. Like the late '40's Kenton bands, or even more like say Sauter-Finegan, Davies explores the complex possibilities inherent in coordinating so many moving pieces. The title of the CD refers to the fact that big bands are not and can not be profit making institutions, particularly innovative ones, without the support of governments, rich patrons, or universities. I imagine Davies is recycling his Hollywood stipends into this remarkable project. Kudos! As if to double down on this logically ridiculous project he wrote and arranged and recorded the title tune for TWO big bands, one here, one in Australia, and mixed it. The result is overwhelmingly beautiful.






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