Dial & Oatts Rich Derosa rare unheard jazz Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band – REDISCOVERED ELLINGTON: What an impressive list of players on this great “rediscovered” set of Duke Ellington’s work (Garry Dial: piano, arranger; Dick Oatts: soprano sax, alto sax, flute, arranger; Rich DeRosa: conductor, arranger, big band orchestrations; Johan Horlen: alto sax, flute, clarinet; Karolina Strassmayer: alto sax, flute; Olivier Peters: tenor sax, clarinet; Paul Heller: tenor sax, clarinet; Jens Neufang: bari sax, bass sax, bass clarinet; Andy Haderer: lead trumpet; Wim Both: alt lead trumpet; Rob Bruynen: trumpet; Ruud Breuls: trumpet; John Marshall: trumpet; Ludwig Nuss: lead trombone; Shannon Barnett: trombone; Andy Hunter: trombone; Mattis Cederberg: bass trombone, tuba; John Goldsby: bass; Hans Dekker: drums)… but it’s the rare content that counts in this case – as you listen to the mighty power on tunes like “Let the Zoomers Drool“, you’ll know that this is an album that deserved to be rediscovered from scores stored in Duke’s apartment (several years back), and that definitely belongs in any “real” jazz lover’s collection.
I was totally blown away by the svelte pacing and ultra-cool lines on “Introspection“… your ears are in for a total treat with this previously unrecorded/unreleased track; & despite the track title, it’s absolutely jam-packed with life! This tune alone makes the album well-deserving of the highest jazz awards available!
My personal favorite tune of the nine offered up is another previously unreleased sonic gem, the 7:29 “Just a Gentle Word Will Do“… classic and timeless Ellington skill is brought to life in this wonderful song, and I find myself hitting “replay” all the time on this one… Oatts flute on this one is amazing. I give these folks a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this treasure. You can get more information at the Zoho Music page for the album. Rotcod Zzaj
As an “added bonus”, you’ll want to watch the GREAT YouTube video below (thanks, Jim):
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