Hollenbeck, John -Songs I Like A Lot

SKU 28-SYS1339.2
This has John doing his arrangements of popular repertoire songs performed by the great Frankfurt Radio Big Band and sung by the always stunning Theo Bleckmann and new (to John) vocalist Kate McGarry. Tunes include Wichita Lineman and The Moon's a Harsh Mistress, both by Jimmy Webb and worth the price alone, Bicycle Race by Freddie Mercury, Man of Constant Sorrow, All My Life by Ornette Coleman and even an original by John. I saw them play this material in DC and it was just a rich, luscious all-enveloping sound!

"In the opening moments of “Songs I Like a Lot,” arranger John Hollenbeck establishes the album as another display of his great work with a large ensemble. Like past recordings, he creates such different voicings for a traditional-size big band, the ensemble sounds more like a classical wind ensemble. On this album, he crafts a suite of movements built around songs sung by the wonderful Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann. For instance, he puts together a 14-minute look at Jimmy Webb's “The Moon's a Harsh Mistress,” which makes it more a symphonic adagio than simply a ballad. He takes the traditional “Man of Constant Sorrow” and examines it in a similar 11-minute look. The songs Hollenbeck likes include the quirky “Bicycle Race” by Queen's Freddie Mercury and “Canvas” by Imogen Heap. Besides arranging and conducting, Hollenbeck adds percussion work on the album, a reference to his simpler days as a drummer. The album is enriched by the usual good play of the Frankfurt Radio Big Band."-TribLive
  • LabelSunnyside
  • UPC016728133920
Your Price $17.00

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