Rousing rollicking big band jazz The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine – MAZEL TOV KOCKTAIL: It’s not often that a group reaches a 40th Anniversary together, but Ira’s rousing rollicking big band jazz group has done just that… though The Ira B. Liss YouTube channel didn’t have any LIVE videos (hint! hint) posted yet, you can listen to the entire album below…
Ira formed this great band all the way back in ’79, and they’ve been swingin’ in a big way ever since… on this outing, he includes solos from special guests Nathan East, Andrew Neu, Dan Radlauer, Mike Vax as well as great vocals by Janet Hammer and Carly Ines, and when you listen to their rousing performances on tunes like the 6:36 “West Wings“, you’ll recognize why this was an “instant hit” here in my review studio… I can tell you right now that jazz DJ’s across the globe will be rotating this constantly in their playlists!
If you’re yearning for something with a more laid-back vibe & feel, you’ll find Dan Radlauer’s original “Keys To The City” very much to your liking… there’s some fantastic piano on this beautiful tune, not to mention the sweet flute work… a totally SOLID performance.
A wonderful surprise is in store as you listen to Nathan East’s bouncing bass lines on Radlauer’s original, “Bass: The Final Frontier“… we seldom hear bass solos on “big band” albums, but this performance made it my personal favorite of the dozen offered up!
I give Ira and his band a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Ira’s BandCamp page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj
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