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The Russ Freeman Project "Crossings" | Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection

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Nathan Tanouye and the Las Vegas Jazz Connection

by The Russ Freeman Project "Crossings"

Pianist, Russ Freeman's bebop tunes big band style played by The Las Vegas Connection with energy and color.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maid In Mexico
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
5:44 $0.99
2. Hugo Hurwhey
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
6:40 $0.99
3. When Love Was Lost and Found
Las Vegas Jazz Connection/Tyia Wilson, vocal
5:05 $0.99
4. Bea's Flat
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
6:45 $0.99
5. Summer Sketch
Las Vegas Jazz Connection/Tyia Wilson, vocal
9:25 $0.99
6. The Wind
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
6:43 $0.99
7. Russ Job
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
6:05 $0.99
8. Safe At Home
Las Vegas Jazz Connection/Tyia Wilson, vocal
6:00 $0.99
9. Crossings
Las Vegas Jazz Connection
8:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 2004, Carolyn Freeman, Russ Freeman's widow, decided that she wanted to produce a big band album featuring her husband's music.
Knowing that Russ had always promoted younger musicians who had talent that he thought should be recognized she heard an arranger's work at a concert and decided to ask trombonist/composer/arranger Nathan Tanouye to arrange several of Russ's compositions for big band and then organize, rehearse and record the orchestra. She could not have made a better choice as is evidenced by the music on this CD and the enthusiasm that the professionals display in their performance of Nathan's charts. What started out as a fairly standard 5-saxophone, 4-trumpet, French horn, 3-trombone and rhythm-section big band grew into an orchestra that also included a vocalist, flutes, oboe, 10 strings, harp and percussion. Her discovery of vocalist Tyia Wilson performing at the Wynn Las Vegas ld not only to Tyia's inclusion in the recording project but also her employment as lyricist for "When Love Was Lost and Found" and "Safe At Home".The Orchestra, a mix of solid young and highly seasoned professionals, is outstandin g both as an ensemble and soloistically. Tanouye has taken a group of superb 50-year-old compositions and arranged them in a fashion that preserves their original integrity while making them sound fresh and new. He has also added a composition of his own, "Crossings", which he dedicated to Russ Freeman; it also serves as the title tune of the album.



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Jerry OSullivan

I listen to (and play) all kinds of big band music. This album stands out for it's beautifully inventive writing and arranging - it's different in a cool, refreshing way. Awesome musicianship and soaring vocals used as an extension of the arrangements make this a CD you'll listen to over and over again, each time finding new pleasures.

Joseph Jackson

Just wonderful.A beautiful art of Jazz music.