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Sunday, January 06, 2019

CD Review: The 14 Jazz Orchestra - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be. Arranged by Dan Bonsanti

Another big band wizbang! This one doesn't need any narrative - just a band that swings and features some ace soloists. I can't/won't list the full personnel. Whoever designed the sleeve opted for dark grey text on dark black background - how do these guys get the job?
I can't name him as, no doubt, his name too is lost in the mire - let's just hope he doesn't get a gig doing road signs!

Fortunately, the music rises above such mundane matters and the soloists and guests* are named on the website. It's as swinging a contemporary big band as you are likely to find either side of the Atlantic.

A big band version of Tennessee Ernie's Sixteen Tons must be a first - they've nailed this one. Bonsanti's arrangement - like all the others on the album - will surely find its way into many big band libraries.

Love it, if not the album's presentation.
Lance.
* Randy Brecker; Mark Colby; Mark Egan; Danny Gottlieb; Marko Marcinko; Rick Margitza; Lee Levin & Richard Bravo.
Available as of Jan. 1 - see website.

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