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Out of the Woods

by Les Hooper

Jazz Big Band, Traditional and Contemporary
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Cool School Dropout
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2. Poultry in Motion
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3. Muddy Road
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4. New Suit For Zoot
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5. Blue 'n Green
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6. Life Without You
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7. Miles Back
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8. What's Goin' On?
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9. Don't Know Why
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10. Back in Blue Orleans
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11. Until You
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12. Bleep Blop
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13. We'll Be Right Back
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Album Notes
Les Hooper is one of the more versatile composer/pianists in Los Angeles and has done Albums, Movies, TV, live orchestral commisions, tons of commercials and he has more than 80 pieces published for big band scattered over 10 different publishers. His albums have received 7 Grammy nominations and he has performed on the Grammy Show in New York for his first album, Look What They've Done which received 3 nominations on its own. His roots are in Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Classical and often the three are fused in a Gumbo of sorts. Raised in Louisiana, the blues/jazz roots were unavoidable. 12 years in Chicago honed his craft and spawned 3 albums of his own along with numerous arranger credits for other artists as well as an Emmy Award.

In L.A. he has had 2 orchestral commissions for The New American Orchestra, made up of the best studio players in town in one glorious orchestra, and both compositions were hybrid pieces tapping into many genres. Three more big band albums and 2 small band albums added more Grammy nominations to his credit along with a host of arranging credits on other albums.

"Out of the Woods" features some of the best musicians in LA. Many of these players were on the first LA albums, "Raisin the Roof" and "Anything Goes". The music is hot, fun, tight and exciting. The attempt is to create a more contemporary sounding band rather than the older standard sound of a big band. He contends that there are already many very talented musicians doing that, so why not add something a little different.
Another album should be released before the end of the year.
Les' other albums are available on his web site www.leshooper.com

The list of players on Out of the Woods:
TRUMPETS: Dan Fornero, Dennis Farias, Ron King and John Fumo
TROMBONES: Bruce Otto, Alex Iles, Charlie Morillas Mike Millar
SAXES: Dan Higgins, Bob Sheppard, Ray Herrmann, Dave Boruff, and Don Markese (Rusty Higgins is in for Dan Higgins on some tracks)
PIANO: Les Hooper GUITAR: Michael Ripoll
Acoustic BASS: Tom Warrington Elect. BASS: Andre Berry
DRUMS: Dave Hooper
FEATURED SOLOISTSs: Jeff Kashiwa, Warren Hill, Allen Hinds, Andy Martin, Ron King, Bob Sheppard & Ray Herrmann
Recorded at Entourage 5.1 in North Hollywood by Andy Waterman.
Vocals are by Sherwood Ball and Alan Barcus.



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John Boudreaux

Great Musicians playing Great Charts
So many good musicians playing together is a treat not often available. The charts enabled the band to blend their talents together and also provided an avenue for some great individual performances. Super trombone work.


Out of the Woods
This is a great CD. Very hip arrangements, very tight section playing and they swing hard. Excellent instrumentalists and excellent ensemble.