Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 38

Thread: Big Band favorites

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Philadelphia Area
    Posts
    914

    Big Band favorites

    Saw the Harry James Orchestra yesterday. Thought we could talk about some of the great big band jazz albums that have come out over the years. Keep this music alive!

  2. #2
    I've got a bunch of Duke Ellington albums. A few of my favorites:

    Far East Suite
    Three Suites
    The Ellington Suites
    The Afro-Euroasian Eclipse
    Such Sweet Thunder
    An Anatomy Of A Murder

    Then there's the Sun Ra Arkestra, I've got a whole truckload of their albums. Of those, some of my favorites are:

    Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy
    The Magic City
    Black Myth/Out In Space
    Space Is The Place (the album originally released on Blue Thumb, later reissued on Impulse!)
    Space Is The Place soundtrack (a completely different set of recordings to the above, issued on Evidence)
    The Nubians Of Plutonia
    Fate In A Pleasant Mood
    When Sun Comes Out
    We Travel The Spaceways
    When Angels Speak Of Love
    Atlantis (well, side two might be characterized as "big band")
    Strange Celestial Road
    My Brother The Wind Vol. II
    Pathways To Unknown Worlds
    Crystal Spears
    Cymbals
    Nothing Is...
    Nidhamu
    Live In Egypt

  3. #3
    Member helicase's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    116
    Well, there's Centipede's Septober Energy of course.

    Mike Westbrook Orchestra - The Cortège:


    Nils Wogram and the NDR Bigband - Portrait of a Band:

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Portland, OR, USA
    Posts
    1,183
    Quote Originally Posted by helicase View Post
    Mike Westbrook Orchestra - The Cortège
    A favorite for many years.

    Westbrook has done a fair amount of other excellent work; a couple of favorites are:
    - London Bridge Has Broken Down, a sort of Cortege, Vol. II
    - On Duke's Birthday, dedicated to and inspired by Duke Ellington, but not imitating him in any way.

    Also, the Monika Roscher Big Band - somewhere between indie rock, big band jazz, modern composition, and prog:

    http://www.progressiveears.org/forum...CHER-BIG-BAND?

    http://www.progressiveears.org/forum...d-Once-Again!?

  5. #5
    Casanova TCC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,165
    Fan here too!.

    I've been listening lately to:

    .Flat Earth Society - Untitled #0 (2018).

    The Flat Earth Society (FES) is a Belgian big band ensemble founded and led by Peter Vermeersch. They mix the rich Belgian brass band (HaFaBra) tradition with characteristic topsy-turvy creativity.



    .The Gareth Lockrane Big Band - Fistfight at the Barndance (2017).

    "Infectious, well-crafted pieces draw from latin, funk, New Orleans second line and blues rock idioms... Lockrane's sinuous flute solos are the pick of the bunch."
    Jazzwise Magazine


    https://garethlockrane.bandcamp.com/...-the-barndance

    .Big Heart Machine - Same. (2018).

    " … features a vast range of music that explores the intersection of jazz improvisation, contemporary composition, and heavy metal aesthetics."

    https://bigheartmachine.bandcamp.com...-heart-machine

    .Hermeto Pascoal & Big Band ‎– Natureza Universal (2017).



    Regards!.
    Last edited by TCC; 01-21-2019 at 12:16 AM.
    Pura Vida!.

  6. #6
    Member helicase's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    116
    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    Westbrook has done a fair amount of other excellent work; a couple of favorites are:
    - London Bridge Has Broken Down, a sort of Cortege, Vol. II
    - On Duke's Birthday, dedicated to and inspired by Duke Ellington, but not imitating him in any way.
    Agreed, London Bridge is pretty good, too, but not quite as consistently great as The Cortège, IMO. I've avoided On Duke's Birthday so far, because I thought it was an album with Ellington covers. Looks like I was wrong. I'll have to check it out then.

    Other Westbrook favourites: Metropolis, Marching Songs 1&2 and Love Songs.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    85
    Charles Tolliver’s ‘Music Inc.’ and ‘Impact’ (both on Strata East). Both are available in the Mosaic Tolliver Big Band collection which has a bonus disc of an unreleased big band performance from 1979 which is also pretty great.
    Clarke/Boland ‘The Golden Eight’ (Blue Note...the Music Matters pressing is exceptional).
    Tubby Hayes ‘100% Proof’ (many copies of both CD and LP are mono...avoid those if possible. The band, arrangements and playing are HUGE and mono doesn’t quite do justice. There’s an LP stereo reissue on Philips to be had cheaply which I recommend highly).
    Views expressed by the author do not necessarily represent those of Sony Music

  8. #8
    Member StarThrower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    346
    John Hollenbeck-Joys and Desires, Shut Up and Dance
    Muhal Richard Abrams-Hearinga Suite
    Exploding Star Orchestra w/ Bill Dixon
    Either/Orchestra-Live In Addis, Across The Omniverse
    Joe Henderson Big Band

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Fracktured View Post
    Saw the Harry James Orchestra yesterday. Thought we could talk about some of the great big band jazz albums that have come out over the years. Keep this music alive!

    My uncle, Al Lerner, played piano with Harry James during their heyday.

    I used to love hanging out at my uncle's house when I was a kid and teen, and watching him practice. I wasn't really a fan of that era and style of big band music, but there was no questioning my uncle's chops. He was a monster!

    On any given day, various musical greats would drop by. Buddy Rich, Rosemary Clooney, Alan Sherman, among many others.

    He was a big Keith Emerson fan.


    I am a fan of these very recent bands, among others:


    Micheal Formeanek and Ensemble Kolossus



    Steve Coman and the Council of Balance





    Darcy James Argue's Secret Society


    And if there were a god, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence - Russell

  10. #10
    Member StarThrower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    346
    Forgot about Formanek. I have The Distance CD. I dig all his stuff.

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Portland, OR, USA
    Posts
    1,183
    Quote Originally Posted by simon moon View Post

    Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
    How could I forget these guys? I'm a fan. Real Enemies, their most recent, was a concept album and semi-staged concert about American Paranoia. Written in the 12-tone idiom, it drew from multiple movie scores (including David Shire's work for The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) had definite prog overtones, wound up on a number of best-of-2016 lists including Pitchfork's, and was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize. It is truly amazing work, and pulls jazz into areas usually occupied by opera or cantatas. I think that in both music and concept, it's the equal of any recent classical work I've heard.


  12. #12
    Member helicase's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    116
    Looks (sounds) like I need that Michael Formanek album

  13. #13
    Casanova TCC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,165
    Hello Gang!.
    With some "nostalgia", 3 for tonight:
    Now I'm playing music that my Father and I enjoyed a lot back in the day:

    - "Tumbao Cubano" - Cuban Big Band Sound as interpreted by Bill Evans and Tony Scott.


    - Chico O'Farrill & Afro Cuban Jazz Big Band Trumopet Fantasy.


    - The Big Band - Latin Jazz.


    Regards.!
    Pura Vida!.

  14. #14
    Casanova TCC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,165
    Quote Originally Posted by helicase View Post
    Looks (sounds) like I need that Michael Formanek album
    +1
    Pura Vida!.

  15. #15
    Casanova TCC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,165
    Finally, a favorite of mine:
    Raúl Gutierrez and his Cuban Big Band.

    - https://youtu.be/EucfGYM6y-0

    - https://youtu.be/YdckB3meYXo

    - https://youtu.be/ZiwsV6rwPnM




    Cambio y fuera!.
    Pura Vida!.

  16. #16
    Profondo Giallo Crystal Plumage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Sneek, The Netherlands
    Posts
    72
    I play in a great local Big Band. At the moment one of the pieces we are playing is Pat Metheny's Minuano by the Bob Curnow Big Band:

    Great song and much fun playing it.
    HuGo
    ..:: Right, bring in the perverts! ::..
    "Very, very nice," said a man in the crowd,
    When the golden voice appeared.
    She was gold alright, but then so is rust.
    "Such a shame about the beard."

  17. #17
    Member BobM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    322
    Check out Big Phat Band, they have a bunch of great albums.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A gentleman is defined as someone who knows how to play the accordion, and doesn't.

  18. #18
    Member BobM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    322
    A kind of semi big band you might love is Snarky Puppy

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A gentleman is defined as someone who knows how to play the accordion, and doesn't.

  19. #19
    Have to put in a kind word for Cab Calloway and his orchestra. The singer was always the focus but the band was hot, cool, and hep. (Dizzy Gillespie, among others, worked for Cab at one time. Cab did not like Gillespie's early experimentation and told him he didn't want "no Chinese music" in his band.)

    Here's a good performance followed by some amazing dancing.

    Ring the bells, that still can ring,
    Forget your perfect offering.
    There is a crack - a crack in everything.
    That's how the light gets in.

  20. #20
    Member adap2it's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Ontario Canada
    Posts
    670
    https://nojo1.bandcamp.com/

    NOJO..I've been listening to this band for 20 years...
    Dave Sr.

    I prefer Nature to Human Nature

  21. #21
    Confirmed Bachelors: the dramedy hit of 1883...

  22. #22
    I just listened put on Woody Herman's His Octet and His Band last weekend. Probably due for a Buddy Rich binge in the very near future.

  23. #23
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Philadelphia Area
    Posts
    914
    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Have to put in a kind word for Cab Calloway and his orchestra. The singer was always the focus but the band was hot, cool, and hep. (Dizzy Gillespie, among others, worked for Cab at one time. Cab did not like Gillespie's early experimentation and told him he didn't want "no Chinese music" in his band.)

    Here's a good performance followed by some amazing dancing.

    I've seen that video before and never get tired of watching again. Amazing dancing. Great video.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, some aren't for me but never-the-less I appreciate them.

  24. #24
    Member chalkpie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    3,056
    Mingus Big Band albums are outrageously good.

  25. #25
    Casanova TCC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Costa Rica
    Posts
    1,165
    Quote Originally Posted by adap2it View Post
    https://nojo1.bandcamp.com/

    NOJO..I've been listening to this band for 20 years...
    Nice!.
    First time here, like it!.
    Tankx!.
    Pura Vida!.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •