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Bandzilla Rises!!!

by Bandzilla

A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bandzilla Rises!!!
0:39 album only
2. Live as One
5:11 album only
3. You Can't Get There from Here
5:09 album only
4. L.A. Existential
7:17 album only
5. This World Is Mine
6:12 album only
6. Compassion's in Fashion
5:42 album only
7. Stone Jungle
3:57 album only
8. The 5th Elephant
4:48 album only
9. The Alligator from West 15th
6:19 album only
10. Love Don't Mean a Thing
3:35 album only
11. Welcome to My World
4:06 album only
12. Talkin' in Whispers
4:49 album only
13. Tip for a Toreador
5:57 album only
14. Why Is This World so Strange?
4:13 album only
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Album Notes
“Super fonky! Holds a place dear to my heart… a very cool project.” - BOB MINTZER

“Bandzilla Rises!!! sounds great - you are the one and only you, Richard, and you’ve done it again here!” - PAT METHENY

"..... a really well-crafted work...great production, conception and playing from all concerned!” - RANDY BRECKER

"Richard Niles is a great orchestrator and musician and was a great pleasure to work with.” - PAUL McCARTNEY

“Incredible playing, music, arrangements, production... Wow!” - MARTIN TAYLOR MBE

“Wow! Some pretty hip stuff here, Man! Very entertaining and a very cool new way of treating the big band genre. Bravo!” - DAVE KOZ

“It's a masterpiece of contemporary music… the music world needs this recording now more than ever!” - DANNY GOTTLIEB

What happens when a group of some of the world's top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads.

Led by internationally acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio to play on the seminal Grace Jones track ‘Slave To The Rhythm’. Since then, Niles & BANDZILLA have performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald, Cher and Tina Turner.

A stellar line up of singers includes jazz icon Randy Brecker (The Brecker Brothers), Leo Sayer (16 top 10 hits), Lamont Dozier Jr. (son of the Motown hitmaker), Daisy Chute (from million selling vocal group All Angels), Kim Chandler (ace studio singer and vocal coach), Brazilian jazz singer Clarice Assad, and Polish chanteuse Julia Suzanna Sokolowska. Niles also sings some of his own surprising lyrics.

Multi-Grammy winner Pat Metheny has called Richard Niles “one of the best composer/arrangers around and a truly exciting musical force.” For his jazz work with Metheny, Bob James, John Patitucci, Martin Taylor, Billy Cobham, Jane Monheit and Bob Mintzer, and his work on over 40 pop hits, Sound on Sound called Niles “the most versatile man in modern music.”

The new album, BANDZILLA RISES!!! is an unparalleled musical event - music that defies definition performed by artists beyond category.

Co-producer/trumpet player John Thirkell played with the Buddy Rich and Gil Evans Orchestras as well as live and on 23 UK & US No.1 records with Artists such as Jamiroquai, Level 42, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Bruno Mars. Other sublime soloists include Nigel Hitchcock (Tom Jones, Incognito, Mark Knopfler), Mark Nightingale (Clark Terry, John Dankworth) and Steve Hamilton (Billy Cobham, Tommy Smith). Drummer Ian Palmer is the nephew of Carl Palmer (ELP) and has performed with Michael Brecker and Don Grolnick.

Produced by Richard Niles & John Thirkell
Recorded at Nucool Studio (Mission Viejo)
…and in London, New York, Scotland, France, Spain and Australia…
Mixed by Michael Parlett at Talented Studios (L.A.)
Mastered by Dave Donnelly at DNA Mastering (L.A.)
All songs written & arranged by Richard Niles
(except “Stone Jungle” written by Deniece Williams & Richard Niles)


Trumpets: John Thirkell, Randy Brecker
Alto Saxophone: Nigel Hitchcock
Alto & Tenor Saxophones & Clarinets: Ed Barker
Baritone Sax: Tini Thomsen
Trombones: Mark Nightingale
Flutes: Adam Kaplan
Guitars: Richard Niles
Keyboards: Steve Hamilton, Alexander Niles, The Goat
Bass: Garrett Wolfe
Drums: Ian Palmer
Percussion: Kurt Hamernik
Vibraphone & Marimba: James Beauton
Additional Baritone Sax & percussion: Michael Parlett
Vocalists: Kim Chandler, Randy Brecker, Leo Sayer, Baskerville Jones,
Lamont Dozier Jr., Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska, Daisy Chute, Paola Vera, Richard Niles



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