Hot House Big Band | Wind Machine (Live at Beechpark Studio)

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Wind Machine (Live at Beechpark Studio)

by Hot House Big Band

This is the début album from the band described by Buddy Greco, legendary pianist/singer and original member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack as “Probably the best band I’ve heard in the last 20 years!”; it features “Wind Machine” by The Count Basie Orchestra.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wind Machine (Live)
3:15 $0.99
2. All of Me (Live)
3:12 $0.99
3. Cupcake (Live)
4:45 $0.99
4. Mad About the Boy (Live)
3:11 $0.99
5. Dimensions in Blue (Live)
2:34 $0.99
6. Riding the Wind (Live)
5:21 $0.99
7. Summer Cruisin' (Live)
3:33 $0.99
8. Norwegian Wood (Live)
7:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Hot House Big Band, over the course of two evenings last January, recorded
their début album ‘Wind Machine’ live at Beechpark Studios, Dublin.
The seventeen-piece band, led by Dublin saxophonist and clarinettist Mark Wilde,
features some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians and vocalists.

Of the album, band leader Mark Wilde says “The songs that we recorded are some of
our favourites from the bandstand. But a lot is happening now in the world of big
band music and we have also chosen them to appeal to the appetite of the new
audience for these exciting developments; at the same time, our intention is not to
loose or dilute the style and pizzazz beloved of traditional big band fans.”

“Probably the best band I’ve heard in the last 20 years!”
Buddy Greco, Legendary pianist/singer and original member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack.

The band pushes the boundaries of the big band genre with their use of complex
harmonies and tight interactions. Frequently fast-paced, their music has a
particularly hot and exciting feel. Special care has been taken with the beautiful and
multi-faceted arrangements so that the band effectively reproduces the classic Big
Band sound. The album includes traditional and contemporary arrangements by
Sammy Nestico, Bill Byers and Les Hooper as well as three specially commissioned
arrangements by local maestros Dave Gold and Brendan Breslin and by Australian
arranger, Matt Amy.

“Great job! Very Impressive!!”
Les Hooper, 7 time Grammy nominated, Emmy and Clio award winning LA composer.

Although the band features a stellar line up of musicians on the Dublin scene,
including Big Jim Farrelly, Derek ‘Doc’ O’Connor and Danny Healy, the music is not
solos driven. “What we want is to generate that massive Big Band sound, we want
to keep the ensemble playing to the fore” says Mark. That having been said, if its
solos you want, this band offers plenty of high-wire excitement from the best Ireland
has to give. For the vocal numbers, the band is joined by John Graham, Sinead
Conway and Charles Cavanagh.

“The best band in Dublin right now.”
Shay Healy, Irish songwriter, broadcaster and journalist.

The dedication of the band members to achieving the highest standard of
musicianship is enhanced by their adventurous approach. Their inclusion of up-andcoming
best-around-town young talent combines with the cream of experienced jazz
musicians from Ireland and far beyond which ensures The Hothouse Big Band’s
rightful claim to the title of Ireland’s most exciting Big Band. Any Monday night
(except Bank Holidays) in The Mercantile in Dublin, you can experience an
adventurous and distinctive band which promises that no two gigs are ever the same
and find yourself at the centre of a new Jazz revolution.



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Sandy Shore Review
Recorded live at Dublin’s famed Beechpark Studio, WIND MACHINE is a stirring debut for the 17-piece, contemporary big band led by saxophonist Mark Wilde, who brings a cosmopolitan sense of style with classic depth to the glistening orchestra. Rich, dynamic arrangements of favorites including the project’s namesake, Count Basie’s “Wind Machine,” a gorgeous version of Les Hooper’s “Cupcake,” and a brand new favorite, the Johnny Graham-penned swinger, “Summer Cruisin’” featuring the charismatic singer and bringing a fun, freshness to the album! The Hot House Big Band is loaded with Ireland’s brightest jazz musicians who continue to meet on Mondays at the Mercantile Hotel in Dublin’s very cool Temple Bar district to perform and entertain to packed crowds of locals and international visitors. Legendary pianist/singer Buddy Greco (Sinatra’s original Rat Packer) calls HHBB “the best band I’ve heard in the last 20 years!” While you’ll always be welcome, you don’t have to visit Dublin to capture the energy of the Hot House Big Band… WIND MACHINE is available right now, what are you waiting for?


The Hot House Big Band's sound and their insightful choice of material gives the listener a rollicking glance at what music is supposed to be. From the get go your toes start a tapping and your your thumbs start a clicking. This is a must have album for anyone who is into big band or any genres of music. The listener will also hear some amazing sax solo's, great vocals and live performances from Dublin's top musicians. Get it now you will not be disappointed..... Enjoy!!!



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From the opening few bars of Wind machine, you just know these guys can play. Played at breakneck speed with no compromise it sets you on edge for the rest of the album. While technically each section is superb there is no loss of that big band swing that some bands find so hard to get. Vocals swing along nicely and soloists feature not just technical expertise but also demonstrating that they know what this music is about .The trumpet section features the cream of Dublins music scene and its plain to hear as the riffs go up and up perfectly in pitch.
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