This the debut CD of one of the most remarkable big bands I have had the pleasure of listening to for some time. One only has to check out the personnel to realise that this is a very special event in the big band world. A exciting assembly including the finest musicians available on the West Coast, see below. The imaginative writing allows the soloists and the ensemble to stretch and produce sounds that have an impact that leaves you in awe of the talent involved in the production. Fortunately the sound engineer Al Schmitt has the talent to ensure that none of the impact is lost. It is a brilliant listening experience.
The album features arrangements by trumpeter Chris Walden, original music by him, and a fine selection of compositions by Ray Noble, Dave Grusin, Charlie Haden and more. The style of the band is similar to that of another ground-breaking CD by Bob Curnow and the LA Big Band. Arrangements from that CD now feature in the libraries of hundred of bands throughout the world. I am glad to say that selections from this album are available, you have to enquire by e-mail via this link. I would not be at all surprised if Chris Walden music became the staple of many of today's bands, especially those who have enjoyed Bob Curnow's work.
The thrill of a breakneck interpretation of Cherokee, the beauty of Christopher Cross's RAINY DAY IN VANCOUVER, the evocative FILM NOIR three part suite. There is no weak micro-second on this album. This is contemporary big band swing of the highest order and will appeal to anyone who loves the way new writers are finding to exploit the power and majesty of this great art for. Most of all this band swings!!!