CD Nutville [Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra] (CD 1147350),
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Nutville [Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra]

  • 1. Seven Steps to Heaven
    2. Perp, The
    3. Nice
    4. Nutville
    5. Perpendicular to Reality
    6. Desert Blues
    7. Lifelong Friend
    8. Moontrane
    9. Studs of War
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SBJ-2146

  • Credits
    ProducerBrad Steinwehe
    EngineerDoug Meeuwsen

    Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra: Robert Lawson (guitar); Mike Nelson (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Christopher Hollyday, Paul Sundfor, Art Fisher (flute, alto saxophone); Gabriel Sundy (flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Richard McGuane, Steve Steinberg (flute, tenor saxophone); Chuck Phillips (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); John Papenbrook, Andrew Elstob, Karl Soukup, Greg Beck, Brad Steinwehe (trumpet, flugelhorn); Doug Meeuwsen (trumpet); Ted Weed, Fred Biven, Joey Sellers, Bob Payne, Scott Kyle (trombone); Alex Panos, Roger Wright (bass trombone); Irving Flores, Melonie Sacalamitao (piano); Justin Grinell, Glen Fisher (bass guitar); Mike Holguin (drums).
    Like many bandleaders who record for the Sea Breeze label, trumpeter Brad Steinwehe has paid his dues as a sideman and long served as a jazz educator at the university level. His orchestra, which likewise seems to be made up of musicians much like himself, does justice to the mix of familiar jazz compositions and new works. Trumpeter/flugelhornist Karl Soukup contributed several charts, including a darkly swinging setting of Horace Silver's "Nutville" and a percolating scoring of "Seven Steps to Heaven." Many of the other composers whose work is featured are less well known, though the musicians make the most of each of these selections, leaving the listener wanting to hear more from their respective songbooks. Among the impressive soloists heard are alto and soprano saxophonists Mike Nelson, tenorist Steve Steinberg, pianist Irving Flores, and the leader. This CD also marks the return of altoist Christopher Hollyday (in the lush ballad "Lifelong Friend"), a promising artist who recorded several CDs for Novus in the late '80s and early '90s who suddenly seemed to disappear from the jazz recording scene without a trace. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.139) - "Kyle's plunger work on 'Desert Blues' is outstanding; ditto drummer Mike Holguin's gap-filling....And Steinwehe knows how to achieve crisp cut-offs and dynamic shadings."
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