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Travels

by Big Swing Trio

Original, obscure, and reworked straight ahead jazz. Not a swing band, but a band that swings.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. John's Blues
5:07 album only
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2. Those Pretty Eyes
5:55 album only
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3. Travels
8:42 album only
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4. Seven Steps To Heaven
4:46 album only
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5. Periwinkle
4:54 album only
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6. Time To Smile
5:32 album only
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7. Dark
4:38 album only
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8. The Girl From Ipanema
6:06 album only
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9. Laverne
6:51 album only
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10. The Disappeared
6:07 album only
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11. Voodoo
8:52 album only
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12. Ball Square
1:56 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About Big Swing Trio

In order for three friends to play together for over 20 years, there has to be something magical about their musical union. Such is the case with Big Swing Trio. Mark Diamond, Paul Romaine, and Andy Weyl consistently inspire audiences of all kinds with their spirited arrangements of swing, Latin, hard-bop, blues, and standard repertoire. Whether they are backing a headliner such as James Moody, captivating listeners at clubs, or creating the perfect party atmosphere at a wedding reception, Big Swing Trio knows how to please a crowd. Their high level of talent, professionalism, and enthusiasm combine to make them one of the most sought after trios in the Rocky Mountain region.

Members

Mark Diamond - Bass

Mark has played music his whole life, knowing from an early age that is what he wanted to do. Starting with the piano at age six, Mark then learned to play the clarinet, the drums, and even the bagpipes throughout his middle and high school years. At age 20 he discovered the acoustic bass and quickly knew this was his musical voice. "For me, the bass has elements of the chords on a piano, the melody of the clarinet, and the percussiveness of the drums, everything I had played before". Now more than 30 years later, he is one of the busiest musicians in Colorado, and works with the area's and the world's finest players. In 1980 he moved to Colorado, and has since been a sought after sideman on over 100 albums, including Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie Cole, Keith Oxman, Mary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. Mark has toured Europe, and regularly appears at festivals and clubs across the country. He has performed with such legendary performers as Spike Robinson, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Kenny Loggins, New Orleans piano sensation Henry Butler, Fred Wesley (of the James Brown funky horn section), Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band), Bruno Carr (the drummer for Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, and many jazz greats), and a couple of great New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis. Mark has opened shows for B.B. King, Kenny Rogers, Wilson Pickett, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, to name a few. He is a reliable, personable, talented musician who has dedicated his life to bringing people top quality music in every setting imaginable.

Andy Weyl - Piano
This pianist's truly unique style developed overseas, as he was born in Denmark, and spent his youth traveling across Europe. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he received a degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado in 1978. Demand for his talent was immediate, and he soon toured the far east with the vocal group Rare Silk. Over the years, he has played and recorded with the region's best jazz musicians, and performs at clubs and festivals across the nation and Europe, frequently backing up visiting artists of note, such as James Moody, Tom Harrell, Benny Golson, Spike Robinson, Eddie Harris, Al Grey, and Bruce Foreman.

Paul Romaine - Drums
Throughout his childhood, Paul felt magnetized to music from the depth of his being. He began playing drums professionally at age 14 and in 1976 performed with an all-star high school big band at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Paul has led, recorded, or performed with countless combinations of the Denver area's best players and with internationally acclaimed artists such as Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Gunther Schuller, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Gomez, Jack McDuff, Marlena Shaw, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Dave Grusin, and Robin Eubanks. During his association with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Paul toured North America performing concerts and clinics. In between gigs, he studied jazz composition at the Lamont School of Music and, in 1991 received a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. He has served as a mentor musician/clinician in several Denver area school districts. While there, he saw the need for a jazz education program for students who are serious about the music, and he founded the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts which offers a program for middle school and high school students from all over the city to play together and study with professional musicians on a weekly basis.


Critical Acclaim

"Big Swing Trio is refreshingly original in its straight-ahead/classic approach. Each song in this collection entertains. A first class act, these musicians have it together. Big Swing Trio's TRAVELS is a memorable journey for the jazz listening audience." Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com


"This is a trio that deals in purism. Their use of their combined instrumental intonation is like a voice with a bursting vigor, dominating and transcending the CD project itself. There is a nice rendering of musical 'conversation' within the trio, ala some of the earlier renderings by the Evans aggregations. This is refined jazz for discriminate listeners." George W. Carroll - The Musicians' Ombudsman, ejazznews.com

"One shouldn't be misled by the word "swing" in the Big Swing Trio's name, as it alludes not to the music of the Swing Era, but rather to the way in which the threesome interprets a series of thoroughly contemporary Jazz compositions that includes four engaging essays by pianist Andy Weyl. The program is on the whole melodically pleasing, while the rhythmic variety and intensity are such that one's attention seldom wanes. A well-crafted session by a capable trio of swingers."

Jack Bowers - Cadence Magazine

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