Adventuresome big-band jazz exploration Ayn Inserto – DOWN A RABBIT HOLE: When I first reviewed Ayn’s wonderful compositions and arrangements in issue # 165, I was genuinely excited… but, on this new release – I’m totally (like, TOTALLY, folks) blown away! You’ll SEE why when you watch this lively teaser clip for her 21 September, 2018 new release…
…as you can see & hear, Ayn is totally engaged, and it’s clear that her scintillating energy is infectious for the orchestra… be sure you SUBSCRIBE to her YouTube channel, where you’ll find much more music with her stellar energy! Also, while you’re there, check out the lineup for her regular players at the bottom of the teaser.
Ayn has a guest lineup you wouldn’t believe… John Fedchock, trombone; George Garzone, tenor sax; Sean Jones, trumpet… one tune where the power she projects through her excellent skills as a director (& I know you’ll agree) is the 8:45 opener, “Three and Me“… at that length, there’s plenty of room for each of the soloists to shine brilliantly – & they surely, surely do – full-bodied, total energy and full-tilt jazz! Just SUPERB work from everyone!
It’s really clear as you listen to compositions like the 6:36 “Mister and Dudley” that each and every member of the orchestra “grasps” her meaning and intent – and, that they just love playing her music… I loved this track, and can see it (easily) being recommended for (and WINNING) awards.
If you’re not sure you ever really understood Lewis Carrol’s character Alice, just listen to the engaging and mysterious sounds on the 7:09 title track, “Down a Rabbit Hole“… an exciting piece of music that easily got my vote for personal favorite of the seven (long) aural adventures Ayn offers up on this excellent big-band excursion!
I give Ayn and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00 – which means, of course, that she also gets my “PICK” for “most engaging big-band jazz orchestra”. Get more information at Ayn’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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