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by Ladd McIntosh Big Band

This album is a swingin' romp through 11 great standards which includes five swingers, three exciting Latin-jazz numbers, and three haunting ballads all played with passion, drive and precision by this outstanding big band.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm Glad There Is You
6:42 $0.99
2. Temptation
6:12 $0.99
3. Come Rain or Come Shine
4:52 $0.99
4. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
6:42 $0.99
5. Stompin' at the Savoy
6:39 $0.99
6. Dansero
7:00 $0.99
7. I've Got You Under My Skin
6:06 $0.99
8. Ill Wind
7:14 $0.99
9. Have You Met Miss Jones?
5:29 $0.99
10. Brazil
4:17 $0.99
11. September Song
5:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is a swingin' romp through 11 great standards all arranged by the outstanding composer, arranger and film orchestrator Ladd McIntosh.

Stylistically, this CD includes five swingers, three exciting Latin-jazz numbers, and three haunting ballads all given top-notch treatment. The many soloists featured are compelling and provide additional excitement that will add to your listening pleasure.

The Ladd McIntosh Big Band is comprised of outstanding Los Angeles pros who play these great charts with passion, drive and precision creating an unforgettable experience that will have your toes tapping and leave you wanting more.

Throughout his career, Ladd has explored the many facets of big band arranging and composition. He has long admired the big bands of Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gerald Wilson, Gerry Mulligan and others; and though all of these influences flow through his pen he has forged a unique style as evidenced by the music on this CD. There is a great variety of color and style in his writing, all of it first rate.

LADD McINTOSH, arranger, conductor

Saxophones/Woodwinds: Fred Selden, Glen Garrett, Jim Snodgrass, Jon Crosse, Kurt McGettrick

Trumpets: Jon Papenbrook, Rick Baptist, Stan Watkins, Bob Summers, Sal Cracchiolo

Trombones: Eric Jorgensen, Bruce Fowler, George McMullen, Phil Teele
Rhythm Section: Dick Weller, drums; Jerry Watts, bass; Geoff Stradling, piano; Billy Hulting, percussion

Members of Ladd's band have played with the big bands of Brian Setzer, Bob Florence, Clayton/Hamilton, Gerald Wilson, Don Ellis, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Bill Holman, Toshiko Akioki, Nelson Riddle, Tex Beneke and Les Brown. Many have worked as back-up musicians on tours, recordings and in concerts with: Frank Sinatra, BB King, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Frank Zappa, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Paula Abdul, Bette Midler, Poncho Sanchez, Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., Oingo Boingo, Dizzy Gillespie, The Beach Boys, James Brown, The Supremes, Scott Henderson, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Dwight Yoakam, Diane Schuur, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Tom Petty, Paul Anka, The Temptations, Patti LaBelle, The Rippingtons, James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Some have played on hundreds of motion picture sound tracks and on the Academy Awards show as well as the Golden Globes.

For more information about Ladd and his big band, please visit



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Tom Otto

What a joy to be able to buy one of Ladd McIntosh's CD's. The big band sound is well done, and it is easy to get the "I want to dance..."feeling when hearing it. Having heard many big bands over the years - this series of arrangements, and sounds made by the artists, rises to a new high in my opinion. I am so proud that Ladd has continued to develop his own style of sound, and been willing to do the work to bring it about so folk like me can purchase and hear it in my home. God bless you all - who had any part in putting this together. I know it is not easy work. But you have done a good job for which you should feel justifiably very proud. I like to think that when we get to heaven there will be 'big band' sounds just like this CD represents. Keep it going ----

Steve Marsh

Great Big Band Writing and Performances!
Ladd McIntosh demonstrates on this CD that he is one of America's best big band arrangers. Ladd's charts are highly original and the band's playing is really top notch. Ladd's Los Angeles Big Band includes many of the very best musicians in L.A. The band is very well recorded and the ensemble playing is very tight. Check out Ladd's great arrangement of "Under My Skin" (amazing sax section writing), clever variations on "Savoy", and hard hitting Latin grooves on "Temptation" and "Dansero". Solo highlights include: Jon Crosse's beautiful clarinet feature on "Ill Wind" (originally written for Eddie Daniels), Kurt McGetterick's Bari feature on "I Got It Bad", Fred Seldon's alto catching fire on "Dansero", the outrageous playing of trombonist Eric Jorgensen, and wonderful trumpet solos by Bob Summers, Sal Cracchiolo, and Stan Watkins. Dick Weller is fantastic on drums throughout.


Don't Resist "Temptation"
Besides seconding everything the previous reviewer stated, I'd like to add that this CD will be just as enjoyable to the casual listener as it will be to the experienced musician. I found myself "re-liking" songs that had gotten sort of "tired" for me. Ladd has made them fresh again. A truly excellent CD.

Paul Cole, trombonist, Compaqbigband,Boston

This is the first Ladd McIntosh Big Band CD that I've heard. Ladd has done a great job in creating a new fresh sound with a driving intensity to these older charts. His arrangements sound as if they're voicing is somewhere between Stan Kenton and Gil Evans, with a driving force that sounds as if it coming from a Count Basie or Gerald Wilson arrangement and then add in some Johnny Richards to add change to the next phrase .... needless to say it's all Ladd McIntosh.
Wow ... what a great CD!

"Lady D"

This CD is open, natural and free feeling with it's own style and identity.
It took me a bit to find and purchase this CD, but it was well worth it. I've heard alot of Big Bands, but this one has a style and identity of it's own. This band plays open, natural and free, certainly not predictable. I purchased this CD for one knock-out song I heard on the radio and to my surprise, there was not one song on this CD that I wanted to fast forward on. This CD is exceptional!