Ben Patterson Jazz Orchestra

Groove Junkies

Origin 82894


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Ben Patterson never disappoints, and these new 'Groove' Big Band compositions & arrangements are in da pocket! ...creatively written with twists and turns both in the charts and in his trombone playing... Super hip!
Randy Brecker

Among the vanguard of today's contemporary composers and big band arrangers, trombonist Ben Patterson and his Washington, DC-based band deliver with this hard-driving, bone-chilling set of electrified funk. His music is just as comfortable harnessing the power of the traditional big band horn section as it is with the intermingling of electronica to achieve a singular, complex vision. Surrounded by the elite rhythm section of pianist Chris Ziemba, guitarist Shawn Purcell, bassist Paul Henry, and drummer Todd Harrison, Patterson molds deep musical magic around their swirling grooves.

"...Patterson digs deep in offering some slick and seriously smart brilliant party record that's both sophisticated and accessible."
All About Jazz

Track Listing:

1 Exclamation 6:57
Solos: Tedd Baker (tenor), Chris Ziemba - (keys)
2 Interesting Times 8:21
Antonio Orta - (alto), Ben Patterson - (trb)
3 The Way of the Groove 7:17
Alec Aldred (tpt), Ben Patterson (trb), Shawn Purcell (gtr)
4 Stank Face 6:15
Luke Brandon (tpt), Shawn Purcell (grr), Xavier Perez (tenor)
5 Cheese Hat 5:28
Paul Henry (bass), Tedd Baker (tenor)
6 Esp'ritu Valiente 6:01
Kevin Cerovich (trb), Antonio Orta (alto)

All compositions and arrangements
by Ben Patterson, Pro Jazz Charts (ASCAP)
Except "Exclamation," composed by Chris Potter,
Chris Potter Music (BMI)


Antonio Orta - alto & soprano sax
Mike Cemprola - alto sax, flute, clarinet
Tedd Baker - tenor sax, flute, clarinet
Xavier Perez - tenor sax, flute, clarinet
Doug Morgan - bari sax, flute, bass clarinet
Bill Mulligan - piccolo (1), flute (3)

Brian MacDonald - lead trumpet
Kevin Burns - trumpet (lead on Stank Face)
Luke Brandon - trumpet
Alec Aldred - trumpet

Ben Patterson - lead trombone
Kevin Cerovich - trombone
Dave Perkel - trombone
Ben Polk - bass trombone

Shawn Purcell - guitar
Chris Ziemba - piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards
Paul Henry - electric bass
Todd Harrison - drums, percussion
Fran Vielma - congas, percussion (3,4,6)

Production Info:

Produced by Ben Patterson, Rich Sigler, and Bob Dawson
Recorded and Mixed by Bob Dawson
Additional Engineering by Brian Jacobs
at BIAS Studios, Springfield, VA
Recorded November 20-21 & December 1, 2023
Mastered by Mike Monseur
at Axis Studios, Nashville, TN
Photos by Kevin Burns
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Groove Junkies

All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
4-STARS Groove junkies searching for a fix need look no further. Mainlining this music—a hard-hitting big band set that satisfies as it soars—offers a serious high. With a pen and mind untrammeled by norms and expectations, and a tight crew of musical compatriots bringing stentorian sound and vision to his book, trombonist-composer Ben Patters ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Trombonist Ben Patterson leads a beefy jazz orchestra through a collection of hard hitting charts that make you think what Weather Report or Herbie Hancock's Headhunters would sound in a big band setting. Paul Henry has a dancing bass through the punchy "Cheese Hat" while altoist Antonia Orta and the leader slam around a Mwandishi'd "Interesting Ti ...





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