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Tall Tales of Jasper County: The Double Doubles Suite

by NDR Bigband

The world-renowned jazz ensemble tells no lies in this beautifully-crafted and visceral Big Band recording, an ode to the great American Heartland by award-winning composer Dale Wilson.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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1. Brother John's Vision
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* Apocryphal stories from our Country’s humble heartland as told by a world-renowned ensemble known for its creativity and individuality *

"I was struck by the musicians’ tacit communication, how they breathed individually, shaping their lines, and how they breathed as a unit. It is a sound that I can’t imagine another band replicating, a sound that our brilliant engineer Christian Cluxen dubbed, ‘the sound of the great American Prairie’.” --Dale Wilson

The NDR Bigband - Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra’s latest feature recording, Tall Tales of Jasper County: The Double Doubles Suite, is a full-length concept work featuring music by the inimitable U.S. composer and Gil Evans Competition winner Dale Wilson and including liner notes by the New Yorker’s Steve Futterman. In addition, the album showcases the tasteful stick-work of renowned UK drummer Gary Husband as special guest.

NDR, through the encouragement of the band’s lead alto saxophone player, Fiete Felsch (alto saxophone, alto flute, flute, piccolo), commissioned Wilson to write a set of pieces which would extensively feature Felsch and their tenor saxophone player, Lutz Buechner (tenor saxophone, clarinet), along with the rest of the ensemble, explaining the “doubles” reference (the extended “Double Suite” is named as such because of the utilization of “doubles”, the commonplace musician’s term for woodwind instruments that saxophonists also sometimes play in a big band). The NDR Bigband would eventually bring the work to life, resulting in this uniquely sophisticated and yet surprisingly earthy album.

The brave exploration of doubles, Wilson’s masterful soundscaping, and sensational performances by the members create for a beautifully lush and powerfully poignant record reminiscent of the American Heartland; a place like Jasper County, Missouri, where Wilson has strong familial connections. Not to disappoint the more traditional jazz band enthusiasts, the record still delivers on underlying swing and a strong reverence to the compositional techniques utilized by Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and others.

The NDR Bigband is the premiere orchestra of German public radio in Hamburg and is easily one of the best European jazz big bands. Among many others who have performed with the group are Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, George Coleman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tomasz Stanko, Art Farmer, Don Cherry, McCoy Turner, Lionel Hampton, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Carla Bley, and Wayne Shorter. The very first jazz concert of the Orchestra took place in May 1974 in the Hamburg "Fabrik". Since that moment, they have become deservedly Internationally-acclaimed, appearing on stages in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Nuremberg, Chicago, New York, Paris, London, and even in Beijing.

Gary Husband is one of a rare breed of musicians in that his expression is divided equally in his capacity as a drummer and a keyboardist of international repute. His classical roots, his quest and development in the improvisational, jazz and jazz/fusion areas – not to mention his tenure in the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits – are all evident inside Gary’s distinct and far- reaching musical personality. His solo album and DVD output over the last several years has also reinforced his status as a critically acclaimed writer and arranger in the contemporary music world. His typically diverse range of associations and credits include projects with artists such as Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, Billy Cobham, Mike Stern, British pop/funk band Level 42, Gary Moore, Robin Trower, fusion / jam band Gongzilla, Christof Lauer Trio (with Michel Godard), Germany’s NDR Big Band, HR Big Band and others. He has also performed with Jeff Beck, Chris Squire, Al Jarreau, Maria Schneider, Geoffrey Keezer & Christian McBride, Eddie Van Halen, Bob Berg, Joe Lovano, Aydin Esen, Andy Summers, Peter Erskine, Ron Sexsmith, Wayne Krantz, Olga Konkova, Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Omar Hakim, Michael Gibbs, Steve Hackett and drum n’ bass protagonists Lemon ‘D’ and Dillinger. He is currently keyboardist & second drummer in John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, and is in the midst of recording work for his next album project (‘Dirty & Beautiful’) which features many special guest instrumentalists

Prolific and multi-genre composer Dale Wilson's original compositions have been performed at countless venues ranging from New York's Merkin Hall to the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), and from the International Association of Jazz Educator's (IAJE) Annual Conference to the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Annual Conference, and then around the globe. He is a past winner of the Gil Evans Fellowship Competition, the Herb Albert Jazz Endowment Fund, and Meet the Composer, and has additionally received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Composition Fellowship. His recording label credits include Mark Records, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Silver Burdett Ginn, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), CBS/Sony (Hong Kong), WEA (Asia), Capital (Hong Kong), and many others. Wilson was a consultant for the soundtrack recording of Disney’s Mulan Jr., Disney’s theatrical adaptation of the feature film, Mulan. As arranger and musical director, he conducted iconic Hong Kong artist Roman Tam’s final studio recording, Shanghai New York (EEG). Arrangements and orchestrations for two major children’s music series, Spotlight on Music(Macmillian/McGraw-Hill and Making Music (Silver Burdett Ginn) feature music for orchestra and children’s voices in diverse idioms as jazz, gospel, classical concert music, Asian folk music, and African highlife.



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