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Meditations on the War for Whose Great God Is the Most High You Are God

by Fat Cat Big Band

Brilliant musicianship realizes singular, original compositions rooted in the bebop tradition.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Samantha Swing
3:30 $0.99
2. Prayer for Togetherness (Kimana)
4:56 $0.99
3. Phil Stewart Figures out Ofer Landsberg Playin’ Charlie Parker Blues
2:40 $0.99
4. Togetherness / No Self
2:43 $0.99
5. F*ck the Man (Please Vote)
2:51 $0.99
6. I Did Nothing to Lose You
4:20 $0.99
7. Meditations on the War for Whose Great God Is the Most High You Are God
6:24 $0.99
8. Prayer for Unconditional Love
3:26 $0.99
9. Never-Ending Endeavors
3:06 $0.99
10. Prayer for Compassion
3:57 $0.99
11. Please Be Green New Orleans
3:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Synstelien has a knack for steering a big band like a much smaller outfit — turning phrases quickly and dosing out the power of his band in a most understated way ... Synstelien’s music has a knowledge of the dance band tradition with the snark of Charles Mingus’ writing ... So what does make a big band special? Is it the writing, arranging or performance? In the case of the Fat Cat Big Band, the answer is yes, yes, and yes.”
- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“Packed with strong writing, lush arrangements, some humor and some political venting. What stands out immediately is the group’s fusing of modern harmonic direction with older big band trappings. “Samantha Swing” kicks things off with Max Siegel blowing his bass trombone with a plunger mute. “Phil Stewart Figures Out Ofer Landsberg Playin’ Charlie Parker Blues” features six of the horns trading twos like a Jazz at the Philharmonic session. In “F*ck the Man (Please Vote),” Synstelien wears his politics and love of Mingus on his sleeve, attempting his own “Fables of Faubus … Synstelien and crew definitely know how a modern, innovative big band should sound.”
- Mike Shanley, Jazz Times

Jade Synstelien - guitar/vocals
Phil Stewart - drums
Ben Meigners - bass
Jack Glottman - piano
Sharel Cassity - alto sax
Stacy Dillard - tenor sax
Geoff Vidal - tenor sax
Tatum Greenblatt - trumpet
Brandon Lee - trumpet
Jonathan Voltzok - trombone
Max Seigel - bass trombone

All compositions by Jade Synstelien. All Arrangements by Jade Synstelien except “I Did Nothing to Lose You,” arranged by Jade Synstelien & Michael Dease. Recorded July 15 & 16, 2008, at Clinton Recording Studios, New York. Engineered & mixed by Bryan Smith. Mastered by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering Studios, New York. Blessed by Billy Kaye. Produced by Jade Synstelien & Samantha Merley. Design by Samantha Merley.



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