Russ Miller and The Jazz Orchestra | You and the Night and the Music (feat. Jeannine Course-Miller)

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You and the Night and the Music (feat. Jeannine Course-Miller)

by Russ Miller and The Jazz Orchestra

This recording pays tribute to; The mambo and son-montuno of Tito Puente, the swinging Count Basie Orchestra, the lush ballads of Peggy Lee, and the sounds of 70's jazz and pop with dynamic performances & arrangements.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Love Being Here with You
3:59 $0.99
2. Cinnamon and Clove
5:19 $0.99
3. Can't Hide Love
6:35 $0.99
4. Close Enough for Love
4:12 $0.99
5. Taking a Chance on Love
3:31 $0.99
6. I Carry Your Heart
6:50 $0.99
7. It Could Happen to You
4:11 $0.99
8. Amazing Grace
7:16 $0.99
9. But Beautiful
4:54 $0.99
10. El Gato Armonico
5:37 $0.99
11. Besame Mucho
5:48 $0.99
12. You and the Night and the Music
4:14 $0.99
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Russ Miller's new CD recording "You and the Night and the Music" is a collection of Jazz pieces which showcase his considerable big band arranging skills and composition chops. He has chosen some of Detroit's finest musicians to perform this well-thought-out collection of music, and they in turn have brought it to life.
Words used to describe the music, like sensuous, sophisticated, and sparkling and lush seem inadequate, as the music is like an elegantly dressed woman who saunters into the room catching the gaze of all present. The power in this recording lies in the great care and thoughtfulness rendered at every turn. The band's performance, sensitive, sometimes understated and at times powerful, is breathtaking and Jeannine Course-Miller's vocals are on par with the best. Personal favorites? Depends on the season, day, mood or time of the day for me. The variety of music and moods which sprinkle this recording with gold dust has been brought together and lovingly juxtaposed by a master musician, Russ Miller.
This recording will withstand the test of time. Repeated listening will reward aficionados with a nuance that may have been missed on a previous hearing, or perhaps a new favorite...Such is the nature of great music.
Thank you, my friend Russ, for including me in this masterwork. -Alberto Nacif

L.A. Jazz Scene
By Scott Yanow
Russ Miller Jazz Orchestra
You And The Night And The Music

The big band era ended in 1946 and today there are extremely few full-time jazz orchestras (other than Jazz At Lincoln Center and the Count Basie Orchestra). But despite that, there are still a countless number of swinging big bands playing locally in cities around the world. Many are rehearsal bands that only perform in public on an occasional basis, but quite frequently these neighborhood ensembles feature top-notch musicianship, colorful arrangements and excellent soloists along with a strong group spirit.

All of those qualities can be heard in Russ Miller’s big band, an orchestra based in Detroit. Miller, who plays alto and flute with his orchestra, wrote all 12 of the arrangements, also contributing the exciting Latin jazz piece “El Gato Armonico.” His wife Jeannine Course-Miller is featured on half of the selections, displaying a strong and attractive voice and singing quite well.

The 16-piece orchestra features such fine soloists as pianist Rick Roe, trumpeters Walter White, Rob Smith, Anthony Stanco and Charlie Miller, trombonist Chris Smith and tenor-saxophonist Keith Kaminski; the trumpeters are often the stars. In addition to the straight ahead pieces and some ballads, the high points are generally the Latinized pieces, especially “Cinnamon and Clove” (which could have retitled “Cinnamon and Clave”), “El Gato Armonico” and “It Could Happen To You.”

A high quality modern mainstream orchestra that looks back towards both bebop and classic Afro-Cuban jazz, Russ Miller’s orchestra on You And The Night And The Music revitalizes the big band tradition. You And The Night And The Music is recommended and available from .

By Scott Yanow


Jazz Society of Oregon: November 2016 JAZZscene Page 27

"You And The Night And The Music; Russ Miller, alto sax,
flute, arranger.

Big band swing is alive and well in Michigan, complete with a spiffy big band singer too. Her name is Jeannine
Course-Miller, wife of the leader. One thing is for sure. She is way better, of course, than Mrs. Miller of years gone by.
And this Mrs. Miller sings with pizzazz on eight of the twelve tunes done here. She is at her best on the likes of “It Could
Happen To You” (played with a little Latin flair); the title tune, “You And The Night And The Music”; and the frisky
Peggy Lee hit “I Love Being Here With You.” And so it goes on a succession of older and more recent quality pop tunes.
Let us hear it for the big bands!
Self-produced; 2016; appx. 61 min.

George Fendel and Dan Davey



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