Colorful catchy big band jazz Jim Waller Big Band – BUCKET LIST: I started off with the splendid Hammond B3 filled “New Blue Funk“, (Jim plays the B3 like a true master, as well as excellent tenor and soprano sax)… one of the rockin’est jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2020. Though I looked, I couldn’t find a LIVE video of the group, but the entire album will be available to you when you SUBSCRIBE to the Jim Waller Big Band topic channel.
Jim is also the Director of the University of the Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble, and his 40 years of experience in music shine through clearly on tunes like the 4:52 “Honky Tonk“… some superb guitar solo work on this one, and the groove is one DJ’s around the world are going to be spinning ALL the TIME!
Jim’s arrangement of the classic “Rhapsody In Blue” is like nothing you’ve ever heard before… the string integrations are amazing, and will give you clear visions of late-night ballroom dancing, to be sure.
If you’re yearning for some hard swinging, Jim & the band just cut LOOSE on Jim’s original, “Blues for Los Blues“… radio shows that focus on Big Band jazz will be spinning this one over & over again!
There was no question in my mind what my choice for personal favorite of the fourteen astounding songs was going to be… another original from Jim, “Funksuite 109“, features crisp crackling drums from guest Will Kennedy, and the tune just COOKS up the funk for you… this one got an IMMEDIATE (permanent) pick for my iPhone player, so it will be traveling with me wherever I go in my GTO.
I give Jim and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Jim’s HearNow page. Rotcod Zzaj
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