CD So Very Rob: Boss Brass Revisited * (CD 199214),
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So Very Rob: Boss Brass Revisited *

  • 1. Autumn in New York
    2. Confirmation
    3. Streets of Dreams
    4. Peace / Blue Silver
    5. So Very Rob
    6. What Am I Here For
    7. Sixth Sense
    8. Stella by Starlight
    9. Crazy Rhythm
    10. A Child Is Born / Our Waltz
    11. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD-93107

  • Credits
    EngineerVolker Neumann; Thomas Rau; Jurgen Frehse; Manfred Deppe

    Rob McConnell & SWR Big Band: Rob McConnell (trombone); Klaus Graf, Axel Kuhn, Jorg Kaufmann, Andreas Maile, Pierre Paquette (saxophone, woodwinds); Felice Civitareale, Wim Both, Claus Reichstaller, Karl Farrent, Rudolf Reindl (trumpet, flugelhorn); Raymond Warnier, Viktor Sokolov (French horn); Ernst Hutter, Marc Godfroid, Ian Cumming, Gunther Bollmann, Georg Maus (trombone);
    Klaus Wagenleiter (piano); Klaus-Peter Warnier (guitar); Decebal Badila (bass); Holger Nell (drums); Jorg Gebhardt (percussion).
    "Autumn In New York" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
    Rob McConnell: Klaus-Peter Schopfer (guitar); Kalus Graf, Andreas Maile, Axel Kuhn , Pierre Paquette, Jorg Kaufmann (woodwinds, saxophone); Wim Both, Felice Civitareale, Claus Reichstaller, Karl Farrent, Rudolf Reindl (trumpet, flugelhorn); Raymond Warnier, Viktor Sokolov (French horn); Ian Cumming, George Maus, Gnter Bollmann, Ernst Hutter, Marc Godfroid (trombone); Rob McConnell (valve trombone); Klaus Wagenleiter (piano); Decebal Badila (bass guitar); Holger Nell (drums); Jrg Gebhardt (percussion).
    Canadian valve trombonist, arranger, and composer Rob McConnell is best known for his work of 30 years with Boss Brass, an ensemble widely acknowledged as one of jazz's leading big bands. The three Grammys and 13 Grammy nominations under Boss Brass's belt are due, in no small part, to McConnell's clean, colorful charts and talent as a bandleader and soloist. After a hiatus, during which McConnell worked primarily with a Tentet, the ambitious 'bone man is back with the SWR Big Band, reformulating the Boss Brass line-up of heavily stacked (about four to five in each section) trumpets, trombones, French horns, saxophones, and percussionists.
    Like Boss Brass, the SWR Big Band swings hard in the traditional bop vein. McConnell's skills as an arranger are on full display here on chestnuts like "Autumn In New York," "Stella By Starlight," and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be." Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" and Horace Silver's "Peace" get particularly notable treatments, with impressive rounds of solos from band personnel on each. McConnell's own compositions make a fine showing too: "So Very Rob," a mid tempo lyrical number with a light swing, gives way to "Sixth Sense," an up-tempo number with a challenging frontline and surprising interaction between the horns.

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