Alex Budman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra | Instruments of Mass Pleasure

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Instruments of Mass Pleasure

by Alex Budman and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Original big band music performed with style, energy, swing and virtuosic musicianship.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Case of Emergency
4:45 album only
2. Little Prayer
9:38 album only
3. Samba in 7
9:28 album only
4. Girolata
6:42 album only
5. Mood for a Time
5:11 album only
6. Sidewave
7:24 album only
7. When We Walked in the Sun
6:14 album only
8. The Croxmont Jive
9:41 album only
9. Ballad for Benny
3:50 album only


Album Notes
Instruments of Mass Pleasure continues to make waves in the sea of big bands. The album showcases original compositions, arrangements and a cohesiveness that comes from 10 years of playing together.

A few of the reviews:

"Instruments of Mass Pleasure is an insanely good album. What one is struck by foremost, though, aside from any composition issues, is that this outfit has some incredible players built in. Each tune and its arrangement highlights yet another point of strength for the band as it swoons and swerves from decadence to decadence. This band has neither the rigidity of the old guard nor the naïveté of the new guard. It can emulate the old masters, but has a style all its own." 4 1/2 stars
(Adam Greenberg,

"While the nine charts are as modern as one could envision, they are firmly grounded in time-honored jazz and musical tradition, never forswearing rhythmic or harmonic convention and structure to accomplish some undefined or exotic purpose. The CJO, which was launched more than a decade ago, validates the fruit of that experience, playing together with notable warmth and congeniality. Those who appreciate a modern big band that places music in the forefront are sure to dig it."
(Jack Bowers,

"Alex Budman and others on this San Francisco CD may not be as well known but listening to this gives an accurate picture how ‘monster’ talented these guys really are. There’s a taste of Slide Hampton and Joe Henderson orchestrations here. Up and down the coast reflects an eager jazz reflection as there’s a very hip elegant underscore here, with time signatures reflecting the very hip mist of San Francisco."
(Dick Crockett, Sacramento Radio)

"When you hear the music of Alex Budman, you would naturally assume that he must be a seasoned veteran. His saxophone playing is first rate; good clean technique, warm, rich sound, and a completely different approach of each; soprano, alto and tenor, respectively. His dark sound and economical lines are a pleasure to hear...
Besides his other attributes, Budman happens to be a terrific clarinet player as evidenced on the CD closer, Ballad for Benny, by Oliver Nelson. Again the sound is dark and full, and Budman displays complete control of the horn from bottom to top. Alex Budman may not be a seasoned veteran yet, but you’d never know it by what comes out of the end of his horns, or pen."
(Billy Kerr, Saxophone Journal)



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