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 Prince Will Come," and the familiar "It's A Small World After All."
When listening to this album, one needs to keep in mind that this is no ordinary big band. Featured here are an array of world-class musicians and luminaries among them, Kim Richmond (alto), Brandon Fields (tenor), Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Ron King (trumpet), Carl Saunders (trumpet), trombonists Bob McChesney, Andy Martin and Alex Iles and vocalist Tierney Sutton just to name a few. Sutton seems to be the leader's favorite singer since she also appeared on the only vocals in Home of My Heart. On this recording, Sutton provides the vocals on "People Will Say We're In Love" and on the Charlie Chaplin immortal "Smile."
Walden augments the orchestration by adding a full string section and French Horns on two beautiful tracks, the title cut "No Bounds," a Walden original showcasing a piano solo by fellow countryman, Frank Chastenier and "Clax's Theme" containing a mellow trumpet solo by another German-born player, Till Bronner. Bronner, Chastenier and Martin Tillman are German colleagues appearing on this recording as special guests.
Other notable tunes include the opening David Foster original composed specifically for the 2006 Olympics, "Winter Games," Walden's "Otterkam," featuring an electric cello performance by Tillman, and the terrific big band chart of "Try Harder."
Chris Walden once again delivers an outstanding big band recording sure to garnish well deserved attention from the Grammy crowd. No Bounds is clearly one of the best big band albums of the year.