...Sudden Appearance announces the arrival of a new, vital force in the big band world.
Toronto bred and New York-based composer/arranger/saxophonist Daniel Jamieson presents the debut recording of his big band, The Danjam Orchestra. Inspired first by home-town heroes, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, Jamieson later was exposed to the works of Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely (who produced this session), and others while furthering his studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Featuring the great drumming of John Riley and a program of inspired original compositions, the band also performs a lush and swinging arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and a darting, dissonant treatment of "Alone Together."
Scores and parts of all the music on this CD are available at:
1 ALONE TOGETHER 9:18
soloists: Alex LoRe, Mat Jodrell
2 CALMING 7:23
soloists: Justin Gray, Sam Harris, Nils Weinhold, John Riley
3 CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER 8:04
soloists: Sam Dillon, Philip Dizack
4 SONG FOR ANNA 7:22
soloists: Eddy Hackett, Anna Webber
5 SUDDEN APPEARANCE 12:15
soloists: Andrew Gould, Eric Miller, Matt Holman
6 CHANCE ENCOUNTER 7:34
soloists: Sam Harris, Mike Ruby, Matt Holman, John Riley
7 BALLAD FOR HOPE 5:41
soloist: Anna Webber
8 SMILE 7:19
soloist: Daniel Jamieson (alto sax)
Daniel Jamieson's Danjam Orchestra is:
Andrew Gould - Woodwind
Alex LoRe - Woodwind
Anna Webber - Woodwind
Mike Ruby - Woodwind
Sam Dillon - Woodwind
Dan Urness - Trumpet
Matt Holman - Trumpet
Mat Jodrell - Trumpet
Philip Dizack - Trumpet
Sara Jacovino - Trombone
Eric Miller - Trombone
Heather Segger - Trombone
Max Seigel - Trombone
Jihye Kim - Voice(2,4,7)
Nils Weinhold - Guitar
Sam Harris - Piano
Justin Gray - Bass
John Riley - Drums
Eddy Hackett - Percussion(4,7)
Daniel Jamieson - Composer & Conductor
Produced by Jim McNeely & Daniel Jamieson
Recorded, Mixed by Jon Rosenberg
Recorded at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ on May 28th & 29th, 2010
Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Mastering, NYC
Assistant Producer Caitlin Smith
Assistant Engineer Brian Chirlo
Photography Will Boisture
Cover design by John Bishop
Toronto Star (John Terauds)
Here's something for the adventurous listener. To hear the state of-the-art in big bands, check out sax player-composer Daniel Jamieson's eight-track debut CD with his 20-strong Danjam Orchestra. There are signature big-band riffs on each track, but the bulk of the music, which ranges from the noodlings of free jazz to the drive of hard bop, tells ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Big band fans can rejoice as this youngster was influenced by the Boss Brass and took the lesson's he learned listening to Rob McConnell to heart. With a lightly progressive edge, Jamieson leads his crew of hitters through a solid program that sounds like it came from an accomplished pro. A solid set to open jaded ears, Jamieson will easily hold co ...
JazzTimes (Matt Shelosky)
Danjam Orchestra Releases Debut Album - Group cuts new ground in big band music while paying homage to the mainstays of modern jazz. Inspired and cutting edge, the Danjam Orchestra's debut album "Sudden Appearance" explores jazz from swinging hard bop melodies to etherial free moments. Led by Canadian composer, educator and performer Danie ...
Jazz.FM91 (Moreen Murray)
That could describe my first encounter with this talented young man whom I first met at a P.J. Perry gig at the Rex a few years ago and through our mutual admiration of the Edmonton based altoist we got to talking. Naturally, I have followed his career path very closely. Now New York based, Dan's new CD is entitled "Sudden Appearance" and features ...
All About Jazz ()
Inspired and cutting edge, the Danjam Orchestra's debut album Sudden Appearance explores jazz from swinging hard bop melodies to ethereal free moments. Led by Canadian composer, educator and performer Daniel Jamieson, the orchestra is made up of former Manhattan School of Music students and professional musicians, most significantly John Riley ...
Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout (Jeffrey Morgan)
From Clint Eastwood's Sudden Impact to JCVD's Sudden Death, it's long been a proven scientific fact that anything with the word "Sudden" in its title is bound to be a bona fide hit - and this album is guaranteed to be no exception to that beholdin - rule even though this ain't no moving picture by a long shot. But it is a soundtrack of sorts in tha ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
From a radical reinvention of "Alone Together" to the lushly orchestrated "Calming" and the burnings Liebman protege Daniel Jamieson shows great promise as an arranger-composer-bandleader on his ambitious debut. Jamieson's company shines as well: Veteran drummer John Riley underscores solos by bassist Justin Gray and guitarist Nils Weinhold on "Ca ...
PopMatters.com (John Garratt)
Daniel Jamieson writes and arranges for a big band, but the style of his jazz writing has far too many twists and turns to be a strictly swinging affair. Even when compared to, say, Dave Holland, the compositions on Jamieson's debut with the Danjam Orchestra are so thick and complicated that it will be a challenge for some listeners to get to a tun ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
Here's a New York-based big band led by Toronto-born Jamieson. Most of the album consists of his original writing for this ensemble, and it is varied in tempo, mood and style. I liked the linear feeling of "Song for Anna" and the "rush" of "Sudden Appearance." The originals are surrounded by the opener, a very dissonant "Alone Together," and the cl ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
In the realm of modern jazz, the big band is making a resurgence. Powerhouse ensembles led by the likes of Chris Walden and Alex Budman have been gaining ground steadily. Enter Daniel Jamieson's Toronto rendition of the modern big band, with some exploration built into every track. The sound is always reaching for something in Sudden Appearance, hi ...
italia.AllAboutJazz.com (Roberto Paviglianiti)
[translated from Italian] Sudden Appearance is the discographic debut of the young composer Daniel Jamieson - already a soloist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra - leading a big band. The album offers a playlist of eight songs that begins with "Alone Together" (Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz) and concludes with "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin), the onl ...