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by John La Barbera Big Band

Caravan is big band joy, a familial romp—and an A+ effort in every regard. The Grammy-nominated La Barbera's arranging style is a perfect blend of contrapuntal writing, brilliant orchestrations and rhythmic and textural variety
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1. Caravan
5:28 $0.99
2. Voyage
5:03 $0.99
3. Roman Notes
5:49 $0.99
4. Atlantis
9:39 $0.99
5. Forgotten but Not
5:27 $0.99
6. Incompatible (Incompatibilide De Genios)
5:30 $0.99
7. Accordin' to Gordon
4:55 $0.99
8. Trinacria
6:47 $0.99
9. Young Rabbits
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
“As arrangers, our musical canvas isn’t complete until the improvisers have finished painting with their unique talents and individual shapes and textures.” © 2006 John La Barbera

John La Barbera's new Big Band CD "Caravan" features Pat La Barbera, Joe La Barbera, and Clay Jenkins on a "swinging journey" that "delivers a classic, impeccably performed, big band recording."

­ Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz.

John La Barbera's "Caravan" (Jazz Compass), has been crafted by an orchestral master. The arrangements here are superb.

­ Marc Myers, Jazz Wax

"Caravan" & is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, CD Universe & anywhere music is distributed and streamed.

Roman Notes
This work is dedicated to a dear friend and musical mentor, Joe Romano. He was a great influence in the early musical growth of the La Barbera brothers and one of the greatest guys to hang with. He was funny, serious (about his music), smart and thoroughly professional. Thinking back to our shared band experiences, I recalled that he walked in a 12/8 groove. That stuck with me and so when the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor and the College of Arts & Sciences of Syracuse University commissioned a work celebrating a musician from Upstate NY, I could think of no better person to honor. Brian Scanlan, who also knew Joe, tears it up on this cut.

Young Rabbits
This was a hit for the Jazz Crusaders in the early ‘60’s and I remember thinking how unusual it was to hear jazz on the radio. Our two “Young Lions,” Ryan Dragon & Eric Hughes, tackle the “Young Rabbits” and come out the winners and Rob Lockhart cleans up.
Is another name for the island of Sicily the country of our family’s heritage. I tried to evoke the multiculturalism of the island with some different orchestration colors. Pat’s soprano solo really sets the mood I envisioned and brother Joe adds a percussive charge to the piece.
I have fond memories of driving to New York City during my college days to hear Coltrane at Birdland. We used to sit at a table right next to McCoy and I cannot put into words the energy that we felt from that group. This little known work of McCoy’s is a natural for a big band and a perfect vehicle for piano and tenor & soprano sax.
Forgotten But Not
This was commissioned by the WDR big band in Germany. It’s rare to find a good bass feature but I was pleased to have this to feature Tom Warrington on the CD. It also allowed some solo space for Kim Richmond.
Incompatible (Incompatibilidade De Genios)
I first heard this when our school’s Brazilian Ensemble performed it at one of our local jazz clubs. I was blown away by the groove and challenged myself to translate that energy to a big band. Bill Cunliffe and Brian Scanlan really interpret what I had in mind. Joe and Aaron capture the traditional percussion/drums trade associated with Jao’s original arrangement.

I want to thank Yoshie Mitsukoshi for suggesting a chart on this Tizol/Ellington classic. How could it not be a trombone feature? Eric and Ryan really do it justice and engage in a little bone battle at the end.
Accordin’ To Gordon
My brothers and I were fortunate to have a high school band director named Frank Matina who was into jazz. He introduced us to the West Coast scene which eventually led us to the “Shelly Manne at the Blackhawk” records. That’s where I first heard Joe Gordon. His distinctive sound thrills me to this day and this is my tribute to an artist that left the scene too early in life.
I had been thinking about this song for quite some time, kicking around ideas in my head from time to time. So when I needed something straight ahead for the CD, this practically wrote itself. Clay and Pat make it their own and Wayne puts a high note period at the end.

John La Barbera Big Band

Brian Scanlan - Alto, Flute Kim Richmond - Alto Pat La Barbera – Tenor, Soprano Rob Lockart – Tenor, Bob Carr – Baritone, Bass Clarinet
Wayne Bergeron (Lead Bob O'Donell (Lead Trinacria) Willie Murillo (Lead Rabbits) Clay Jenkins Trombones:
Les Benedict
Erik Hughes Ryan Dragon Ken Kugler - Bass Trombone
Bill Cunliffe – Keyboards
Joe La Barbera - Drums
Tom Warrington - Basses
Aaron Serfaty - Percussion



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