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The Blues and Other Passions

by Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra

A varied collection of high-energy, as well as bluesy and moody jazz instrumental compositions performed by the critically-acclaimed Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Meet Us At the Back Door
4:59 $0.99
2. A Place I've Never Been
6:32 $0.99
3. Here, There, and Everywhere
5:19 $0.99
4. Back to the Klondike
5:33 $0.99
5. All Blues
5:44 $0.99
6. Nightfall
6:43 $0.99
7. Yucca Flat
7:52 $0.99
8. Winds of the Heart
6:22 $0.99
9. Intimations
5:03 $0.99
10. After Burner
7:47 $0.99
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Blues and Other Passions
(Sea Breeze)

Deep pedal notes from a trombone section bring power and characteristic substance to a big band performance. We recognize that familiar "whap whap" sound right away and it can bring goosebumps to even the most hardened soul. Bruce Lofgren's big band scoring makes use of that and other arranging tools to create a big, fat sound with a rockin' contemporary attitude. His electric guitar fronts the band much of the time along with a forceful rock drummer and funky electric bass. Capturing mellow sounds of the new adult contemporary and varying that with blues, rock & funk, Lofgren's latest project is exciting but tends to stall in a few places. While several of the mellower tunes drag, the guitarist's interesting use of meter outweighs any complaints.
Lofgren's compositions fuse an interesting twist in rhythm and harmony with classic big band patterns. Brass and woodwind sections blend and converse, preparing the way for his blazing guitar tirades. Contemporary blues, such as "Back to the Klondike" with an emotional soprano saxophone feature from Mark Hollingsworth, lend a loose feel to the session. Rocking, action-packed tunes such as Lofgren's multi-directional "Yucca Flat" and his fiery "After Burner" offer power and excitement. Glen Berger's tenor saxophone solo steps out on the former as a calming force amid the din of urban nightlife, while the latter piece ends strongly with an exchange of fours between powerful rock-styled drummer David Crigger and conguero Brian Kilgore. Miles Davis' "All Blues" is offered up-tempo with alternating meters, adding excitement to the comfortable classic tune. The band backs up Lofgren's fiery electric guitar feature with lots of power. The Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere" takes on a lively stage band appearance as, once again, the leader's guitar pours it on. Recommended, Bruce Lofgren's contemporary big band project places an unusual twist on rhythm to inspire even the most tired imagination.--Jim Santella

Bruce Lofgren has had a long career in Los Angeles, writing for both the large and small screen, arranging and producing records and CDs for jazz, pop, funk, and Latin artists. Some of his credits include Ray Anthony, Airto, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Doc Severenson, Keith Emerson, Percy Faith, Loggins and Messina, Donna Summer, and The Spiral Starecase. He has written over 1700 original compositions and/or arrangements spanning a 40 plus year career.

Over thirty years ago Lofgren started the innovative Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra (BLJO) in Los Angeles, using the cream of Hollywood’s plethora of great musicians. His band is notable for the sound of French horns and woodwinds integrated with the traditional jazz instruments, along with an expanded rhythm section requiring two percussionists and guitar. Since its inauguration the band has performed hundreds of concerts in the Southland, and has been featured in Jazz Festivals including the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival, and has released 3 critically-acclaimed CDs.



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