CD Joyous Reunion * (CD 180651),
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Joyous Reunion *

  • 1. Joyous Reunion
    2. Bolivia
    3. Well You Needn't
    4. Cubicle Blues
    5. Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
    6. Alice in Wonderland
    7. Speedball
    8. Dolphin Dance
    9. Slightly Off the Ground
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2086

  • Credits
    ProducerBruce Gates Jazz Consortium Big Band
    EngineerBob Dawson

    Jazz Consortium Big Band.
    Personnel: Bruce Gates (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Whitehead (guitar); Joe Eckert (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flugelhorn); Scott Silbert (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Andy Axelrad (alto saxophone); Saul Miller (tenor saxophone); Leigh Pilzer (baritone saxophone); Chris Walker , Rich Sigler, Bill Moore (trumpet, flugelhorn); Doug Elliott, Rick Lillard, Doug Elliot, Dan Haverstock (trombone); Dudley Hinote (bass trombone); Wade Beach (piano); C.E. Askew (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Doug Elliott; Doug Elliot; Bob Dawson; Bruce Gates.
    Liner Note Authors: Greg Adams; Bruce Gates.
    Recording information: Bias Recording Company, Inc., Springfield, VA (06/12/1996-08/29/1996).
    Photographer: Judy Laszcz.
    Arrangers: Eric Richard; Roger Holmes; Tom Kubis; Mike Crotty.
    There are countless numbers of part-time stage bands throughout the United States that get together for the fun of it . Bruce Gates Jazz Consortium Big Band is one of the most professional and swinging. Led by lead trumpeter Gates, the orchestra mostly performs Mike Crotty arrangements on this enjoyable disc. During songs written by Ernie Watts ("Joyous Reunion"), Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan ("Speedball"), Tom Kubis, and Herbie Hancock, plus an original and two standards, the band swings hard. Among the key soloists are tenor saxophonist Saul Miller, trombonist Rick Lillard, altoist Andy Axelrad (showcased on "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most"), pianist Wade Beach, and guitarist Rick Whitehead, although quite a few musicians have opportunities to be heard. This music is fun, explorative within the modern mainstream, and quite infectious. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (8/97, p.108) - "Composed of 17 jazz-savvy musicians culled from the ranks of the Airforce Airmen Of Note and the Navy Commodores, and fleshed out by a few free-lance civilians, the Jazz Consortium Big Band...gets its message across..."
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