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The Little Big Horn Project

by JMQ Jazz Dectet

Following the JMQ's prior album and many live gigs, John Montesante expanded his quintet to six horns and four rhythm, or 'dectet' with guest singers - to breathe life into his arrangements of an eclectic selection of favorite jazz tunes for this project
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Caravan (Instrumental)
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2. All the Things You Are
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3. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
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4. Again
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5. Falling in Love With Love
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6. Here's That Rainy Day (Instrumental)
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7. Shiny Stockings
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8. Sail Away (Instrumental)
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9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
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10. We'll Be Together Again
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11. You've Changed
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12. Stardust
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13. Bernie's Tune (Instrumental)
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Album Notes
On the final track of the previous album of modern jazz combo, 'John Montesante Quintet', (JMQ-Live @ Atlantis - 2009), band-leader and trumpet Montesante engaged an 'augmented' horn line-up, expanding the band to nine instruments. A reviewer described that tune as: 'a brassy blaster that inspires the desire to catch the band at one of its live gigs around the traps' (Jazz Scene)

He soon decided to create an entire new album in that vein, so set about arranging and orchestrating some of his chosen standards and modern pieces for ten instruments - six horns and four rhythm - thereby doubling the quintet to a dectet.
'The LITTLE BIG HORN Project' was born.

Montesante invited musicians and singers to breathe life into his new, always handwritten, orchestrations. Over an extended period, with four whole band studio sessions and further horn and vocal pick ups, nineteen stellar artists in combos of ten, dedicated their time, talent and energy to bring this album to completion. And four guest singers added their voices. The album comprises four instrumental tracks and nine vocal tracks.

John's JMQ band members and guests involved in the LITTLE BIG HORN Project are:

John Montesante - Arranger, Trumpet, Flugelhorn - All tracks ( + lead on tracks 3 +5)
Shane Hughes - Lead Trumpet - All tracks except 3 + 5
Eric Budd - Trombone - All tracks except 3 + 13
David Palmer - Trombone - Tracks 3 + 13
Jim Glasson - Alto Sax - All tracks except 4 + 10
Tony Hicks - Tenor Sax - Tracks 3, 8 ,12 + 13
Russell Praetz - Tenor + Alto Sax - All tracks except 8, 12 + 13
Aaron Searle - Baritone + Tenor Sax - All tracks except 6, 9 +11
Stuart Byrne - Baritone Sax - Tracks 6, 9 + 11
Dean Cooper- Drums - Tracks 1, 5, 8 + 12
Scott Lambie - Drums - Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 + 11
Michael Rochford - Drums - Tracks 3 + 13
Dean Addison - Double Bass - All tracks
Joe Ruberto - Piano - All tracks
Jack Pantazis - Guitar - All tracks except 4
Trent White - Vocals - Tracks 2 + 4
Fem Belling - Vocals - Tracks 3, 7 + 12
Bobby Valentine - Vocals - Tracks 10 + 12
Elly Hoyt - Vocals - Tracks 5, 9 + 11

The 'JMQ Jazz Dectet' gave a live performance of the tracks on the new album at a prominent Melbourne Jazz club,
prior to the launch. The reception was enthusiastic and the band will be introducing more new arrangements at live gigs and may also produce a follow up album down track.

Meanwhile, we hope you will find the JMQ-Jazz Dectet's project interesting, with its particular
arrangements and soloists, and that the more it is listened to, the more it will grow on you.

As for the album title, Montesante is an American Civil War history enthusiast
and selected the name with a dual purpose - to indicate the larger horn line up, while also
referencing his other passion.




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