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Pop Evolution Live!

by David Perrico

"Best of Las Vegas" award-winning 20-piece band
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circus (Live)
5:26 $1.29
2. Dr. Feelgood (Live)
5:14 $1.29
3. Go With It (Live)
6:37 $1.29
4. G3 (Live)
7:53 $1.29
5. Simpler Times (Live)
6:21 $1.29
6. Seven Days (Live)
4:58 $1.29
7. Lilacs from Alice (Live)
8:43 $1.29
8. You Oughta Know (Live)
7:09 $1.29
9. A Nightingale's Psalm (Live)
6:19 $1.29
10. Viola Cadenza (Live)
2:10 $1.29
11. Hot for Teacher (Live)
4:52 $1.29
12. Crazy (Live)
9:16 $1.29
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Album Notes
The idea of a big-band performance might bring to mind grainy footage and scratchy recordings of Glenn Miller leading a swinging take of “In the Mood.” David Perrico has taken that tenet and poured in a few gallons of rocket fuel. His band is big, for sure. It’s just not a big band -- at least not of the Miller variety. Call it a show band, or an audio carnival, or whatever you like, but Perrico’s Pop Evolution project has blended the musicianship of the greatest swing bands with carefully chosen contemporary songs, and amped up the volume. The result has been one of the most powerful, professional and artistically satisfying performances in Las Vegas.

The numbers uncorked by the 22-member orchestra range from Heart’s “Barracuda” to Britney Spears’ “Circus,” and “Crazy” by Cee Lo Green. Van Halen fans will relish the powerhouse cover of “Hot For Teacher.” Perrico also peppers his set with a few original compositions, to further enhance the show’s unique appeal. Vocalist Naomi Mauro is charged with delivering the balance of these songs, as she possesses the rare voice resonant enough to sing atop the wall of sound emanating from the stage.

Long a favorite of Las Vegas showrooms and theaters, Perrico is a master trumpet player and arranger and a go-to collaborator for shows and artists seeking an expert music mind. His resume includes performances with such greats as Chuck Mangione, Natalie Cole and Donny & Marie. He spent six years touring with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Equally important, Perrico is also a great recruiter of talent, and building the band for Pop Evo was not a small undertaking. The musicians summoned by Perrico for the band’s first shows at South Point Showroom include some of the best and busiest in the city. Players have been employed by stage shows starring the likes of Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and many of the top production shows on the Strip.

The show grew from its original venue, where it opened in May 2012, to gigs at the Lounge at the Palms and a yearlong residency at Stratosphere beginning in May 2013. Since June of 2014, Pop Evo’s home venue has been the beautifully
appointed and acoustically refined Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Those frequent Cabaret Jazz come out of the Perrico Pop Evo experience with widely shared opinion: This band is a real blast. And for fans of great live music, inventively written and performed, that is a good thing.
-John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun Editor-at-Large

David Perrico - Pop Evolution is: David Perrico, bandleader & trumpet/flugelhorn; vocals- Naomi Mauro, Jim Buck; trumpets- Tom DeLibero (lead), Wes Marshall, Isaac Tubb, Lon Bronson; trombones- Steve Meyer, Neil Maxa, Kevin Mullinax; French horn- Jennifer Kearns; saxophones- Rob Stone, Dave Stambaugh, Andrew Friedlander, Charles McNeal, Alex Jackson; viola- Crystal Yuan; piano- Otto Ehling; guitar- Jim Buck, Steven Lee; bass- Keith Nelson; drums- Mikey J. Moreno

Special thanks to: the artists of Pop Evolution for bringing this music to life, the Perrico family, Craig Raymaley, Jeanne Frederick, John "Kats" Katsilometes, Naomi Mauro, Tom DeLibero, Anne Martinez, Stratosphere, Mike Weatherford, Lon Bronson, Michael Contreras, our friends & fans for their continued love and support, the people of Las Vegas NV & Youngstown OH, Myron Martin, Glenn Medas, The Smith Center, Peter LaPlaca/Phaeton Trumpet, Derek Saidak/Legends Brass, Jim Hemmings Studio, Jake Klein, Gina Jones, Chrissy Joy Stone, David Luscher, Danny Seraphine, Chuck Mangione, Laura Shaffer, Esotto Pellegrini, and Bob Lentini for recording this CD and for countless hours of mixing!
-David Perrico

Produced by David Perrico. Recorded live by Bob Lentini using SAC and SAWStudio. Mixed and mastered by Bob Lentini using SAWStudio. Recorded live at Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower on February 4, 2014. Cover photo by Gina Jones, all other photos by Michael Contreras. CD design by Michael Contreras.
David Perrico endorses Phaeton Trumpet www.www.phaetontrumpet.com and Legends Brass www.legendsbrass.com.

Management: Craig Raymaley, Raymaley Entertainment
Booking: Cadenza Artists



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Eric Marino

You have to experience Pop Evolution to believe it
I have seen Pop Evolution in person three times in Las Vegas and this recording really captures the live experience. And that's what it is, an experience. Mindblowing. Top players at the height of their game. Plus David Perrico's playing and writing is on par with the greats. I highly recommend this album.

Bill Hiltz

A supergroup captured live. There is nothing like this anywhere.
Pop Evolution is nothing less than a supergroup with the best of the best musicians anywhere. This live cd is a truly hypnotic display of musical power and virtuosity.

The album opens with the 20 piece band playing a Britney Spears song "Circus". This is the same song they open with in their live set at the Stratesphere and it is spectacular: you know right away you are in for something special. Incredible power with soaring vocals by Naomi Mauro that sounds nothing like the Britney song you have ever heard before. The setlist rocks and includes songs by Motley Crue, Alanis Morrisette, Gnarls Barkley and Van Halen: more power rock than power pop.

I recently saw the band Heart here at Mandalay Bay. Lead singer Ann Wilson sang The Who's anthem "Love, Reign o'er Me" proving her vocal strength. She showcased the same song performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Female vocalists rarely attempt such vocal acrobatics. Vocal goddess Naomi Mauro is the exception to that rule. She has the courage to sing with power and range when others would not want to suffer by comparison. I am constantly amazed at how Naomi seamlessly glides through so many different vocal styles during a Pop Evolution concert. Other singers tend to shrink when singing with such a powerful half-orchestra but not Naomi. She shows real leadership but is confident enough to generously share the spotlight with the many other world class musicians: the perfect lead singer for this monster band. A stunning artist who really shines with this group. She puts every ounce of palpable energy she has into each song and really sells it without going over the top: a nuanced feat many try but few accomplish.

Many times you can hear eyes rolling when a group announces an original song they just wrote. But this is David Perrico and Naomi. They introduce a new song, "Simpler Times" written together and it is magical with unique instrument layering and arrangements. Lilacs, an instrumental that opens the great BBR show “Alice” is another superb original that helps the album flow.

I cannot imagine finding more talent in one group anywhere on the planet. Veteren music director Lon Bronson leading the horn section. I have followed award winning UNLV doctoral student and keyboard prodigy Otto Ehling since he was a student with Dave Loeb 8 years ago. Crystal Yuan with her rocking viola could play in any symphony orchestra, anywhere. The live crowd is hushed with awe during her solos. I have not heard better tenor sax anywhere than from Andrew Friedlander. The list of talent goes on...
This is not your father's big band, but it may be the rock orchestra The Who would use.