Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Big Band CD of the Month - "Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: "The Broader Picture"

Big Band CD of the Month
Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: "The Broader Picture" (Enja) 2016

Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)

CD Release Date: November 11, 2016
Produced by Christian Cluxen
Executive Producer: Lucas Schmid
Production Coordinator: Annette Hauber
Artwork: Franziska Erdle, Gold Unlimited
Production Coordinator: Annette Hauber

Recorded April 27-30, 2015 @ WDR Cologne Studios
Recording Engineer: Reinhold Nickel
Recording Assistant & Editing: Thomas Kupilas
Mixed July 30-31, 2015 and January 26, 2016 @ WDR Cologne Studios
Mastered by Dirk Franken

Arranged & Conducted by Christophe Schweizer
Featuring: Billy Hart (drums), Frank Chastenier (piano), John Goldsby (bass), Paul Shigihara (guitar), Johan Horlen (alto sax, soprano sax, alto flute, clarinet), Karolina Strassmayer (alto sax, flute, piccolo, clarinet), Paul Heller (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Olivier Peters (tenor sax, clarinet, soprano sax), Jens Neufang (baritone sax, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet), Wim Both, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, Ruud Breuls & John Marshall (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ludwig Nuss Andy Hunter & Raphael Klemm (trombone), Matthis Cederberg (bass trombone, tuba)

A masterpiece! This recording is the first and only large ensemble representation of a selection of compositions by legendary Jazz drummer Billy Hart, who turned 75 the year of the recording. Eight pieces ranging from Billy's first ever composition to recent works were arranged by Christophe Schweizer, who conducted the WDR Big Band, with “Jabali” himself at the drums.

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