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Thursday, July 08, 2021

Album review: Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne - Soundscapes

Throughout Bob Mintzer's association with the WDR Big Band the American's primary focus has been to present the band at its best, either in showcase concert performances or working alongside high profile guest artists. Now, after six years as the WDR's chief conductor, it's time for the composer-arranger-conductor to step into the spotlight. Soundscapes, comprising ten of Mintzer's compositions across a generous playing time of almost sixty eight minutes, features the long standing member of the Yellowjackets on tenor saxophone and EWI. 


The opening track, A Reprieve, a brand new original, features Mintzer on the latter instrument with Paul Heller soloing on tenor sax. The American-German pairing joust again on Whack, its slow groove expertly handled by the ensemble. Herky Jerky is a swinger featuring Johan Hörlén's alto sax and Ruud Breuls' trumpet solo. VM (Mintzer's homage to Vince Mendoza) closes the album. Alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer stretches out on the mid-tempo number with Breuls stepping out from the trumpet section once more. The soloists on Soundscapes are first rate and the ensemble work is of the highest standard. Soundscapes is available on the Jazzline label (cat. no D 77082). Russell

Bob Mintzer (composer, arranger, conductor, tenor sax, EWI); Johan Hörlen, Karolina Strassmayer (alto sax, woodwinds); Olivier Peters, Paul Heller (tenor sax, woodwinds); Jens Neufang (baritone sax, woodwinds): Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, Ruud Breuls (trumpets); Ludwig Nuss, Raphael Klemm, Andy Hunter (trombones); Mattis Cederberg (bass trombone); Billy Test (piano) Paul Shigihara (guitar); Stefan Rey (acoustic bass, electric bass); Hans Dekker (drums) 

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