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Remember the Sound [Digipak]


  • 1. Burn
    2. Silver Spheres
    3. In Step, Out Ahead
    4. Bumps
    5. Into Thy Hands
    6. Hudson Funkshon
    7. Remember the Sound
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28932

  • Credits
    ProducerPeter Burli; Peter Burli
    EngineerAndy Neresheimer; Andy Neresheimer; Emil Spanyi; Jim Anderson

    Composer: Jim McNeely.
    George Robert: George Robert (alto saxophone); Vinz Vonlanthen (guitar); Mattieu Schneider (flute); Laurent Wolf (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Robert Bonisolo (tenor saxophone); Matthieu Michel (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rene Mosele (trombone); Emil Spanyi (piano, keyboards); Marcel Papaux (drums).
    Personnel: Mathieu Schneider, Mathieu Schneider (flute); Jean-Pierre Schaller (electric bass).
    Liner Note Author: David Liebman.
    Recording information: Radio DRS Studios, Zurich, Switzerland (05/08/2008/05/09/2008).
    Photographer: Gorm Valentin.
    Arranger: Jim McNeely.
    The death of tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker in early 2007 shook the jazz world. This excellent tribute features Swiss alto saxophonist George Robert leading a ten-piece band consisting of fellow faculty members at Lausanne Conservatory, with special guest Randy Brecker on trumpet, playing seven originals written and arranged by Jim McNeely. Robert, who has typically recorded with a quartet or quintet prior to this outing, excels in a different setting, generously featuring his fellow musicians. McNeely's writing reflects the type of music that would have suited Michael Brecker if he had been able to participate, while is it suggestive of the different periods of the late musician's career. "Burn" is a turbulent opener, followed by the moody "Silver Spheres," which features trombonist Rene Mosele at length. "In Step, Out Ahead" blends post-bop with a contemporary air, showcasing pianist Emil Spanyi. "Into Thy Hands" is a gorgeous work that serves as a requiem, while "Hudson Funkshon" is a playful strut. Laurent Wolf's soulful tenor sax in the gospel-infused "Remember the Sound" is suggestive of Brecker without being a mere clone. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

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