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 on "No Bounds" and "Clax's Theme," welcomes three guests from his native Germany- Trumpeter Till Bronner, pianist Frank Chastenier, electric cellist Martin Tillman- each of whom helps enrich the enterprise: Bronner on his own ballad "Clax's Theme," Chastenier and Tillman on Walden's "No Bounds" and "Otterkam," respectively. Rising star Tierney Sutton is on board again, adding her sixable vocal talents to Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "People Will Say We're In Love." There are three unabashed swingers- "Winter Games" (written by David Foster for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Italy), "Try Harder" and "It's a Small World After All." Tenor Brandon Fields and drummer Ray Brinker frame persuasive solos on "Games," baritone Tom Peterson, trumpet Kye Palmer and drummer Gregg Field on "Harder," trombonist Alex Iles and trumpeter Carl Saunders on "Small World." Walden solos once, his mellow flugel reinforcing Jeff Driskill's alto and Alan Steinberger's piano on the groovy "In The Doghouse." Alto Kim Richmond is eloquent on "When You Wish Upon A Star," Steinberger the same on "Someday My Prince Will Come" (played in charming waltz time). For those who appreciated Home of My Heart
and were eagerly looking forward to Walden's encore performance, your patience has been rewarded. Here it is.