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Castaneda's Dreams

by Rick Wald 16/nyc

Unique contemporary big band writing played by a smokin' NYC band full of creative soloists.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Coffee With Dolphy
Rick Wald 16/nyc
6:40 $0.99
2. Castaneda's Dreams
Rick Wald 16/nyc
12:16 $0.99
3. Mixed Clouds and Sun
Rick Wald 16/nyc
10:51 $0.99
4. Pixilation
Rick Wald 16/nyc
11:25 $0.99
5. Breeze Right Through
Rick Wald 16/nyc
8:29 $0.99
6. Over
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10:46 $0.99
7. Gliding
Rick Wald 16/nyc
12:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
leader/composer: Rick Wald
trumpets: Bob Millikan, Nick Marchione,
Valery Ponomarev, John Eckert
saxes: Lou Marini (alto/sop/fl.), Loren Stillman (alto/fl.)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor/fl.), Paul Ostermayer (tenor/clarinet)
Gary Smulyan (baritone/bass clarinet)
trombones: Sam Burtis, Keith O'Quinn
Art Baron, George Flynn (bass bone)
piano: Ted Kooshian
bass: Chip Jackson
drums: Jeff Brillinger

After studying composing/arranging with Herb Pomeroy, and saxophone/improvising with Charlie Mariano and Joe Viola at Berklee in Boston, Rick moved to NYC in 1972. He was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for jazz composition in the late '70's and again in the early '80's, and received a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Rick has played in groups led by a number of jazz icons including Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones, Tito Puente, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Betty Carter with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra among others. Says Rick, "One of the great things about being a freelance musician in New York is the possibility of playing with older and more experienced master musicians. I've been very fortunate. Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with and learn from great jazz veterans like Sal Nistico, Frank Wess, Charlie Rouse, Snooky Young, Britt Woodman, Jerry Dodgion, Richard Davis, Billy Hart, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Farrell, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Maxwell, Jimmy Knepper. Man, what an education!"

In 1974 Rick started rehearsing the first of his own groups in NYC, a big band. Rick's writing for that band attracted some of NYC's best young players, and his reputation in the community of NYC jazz musicians as a unique and interesting composer has been enhanced over the years by compositions he wrote for succeeding groups of various sizes. Harvie S, Jack Walrath, Dick Oatts, Randy Brecker, Keith Copeland, Bill O'Connell, Jim McNeely, Sal Nistico, Joey baron, Mike Lawrence and many other great NYC jazz musicians have played in Rick's bands.

Rick feels 16/NYC is the best and most satisfying band he's had to date. "The collective gig experience of the band members is amazing. They've worked with a wide variety of artists -- from Duke Ellington, Dizzy, Elvin Jones, and Art Blakey to Frank Zappa, Blues Brothers, and Sinatra. Amongst the sixteen players they've got every imaginable idiomatic nuance covered, from plunger wailing to 'Trane-like split note screaming. Individually, they all have distinct sounds, and this provides a large palette of colors to choose from and combine in my writing."

"I wanted to be able to stretch out with my writing for this band, even if that meant the individual parts the guy's would have to play were likely to be pretty difficult. But I wanted the band to swing, and not just be an esoteric exercise. Basically I had two goals: to compose music that would be unique, interesting and emotionally affecting for both the players and the listening audience; to have the music serve as a complimentary showcase for a band full of soloists. The music requires sixteen musicians who are great readers with superb chops, understand nuance and know how to blend as a unit, AND who are also all creative soloists who've developed their own sounds. I got everything I needed and then some from the great players in 16/NYC, and there is a wide diversity of solo styles and conceptions in the band. They play with balls as well as finesse, and they really make my music come alive."



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Antonio J.

Awesome big band, great music
I bought this disc expecting something in the Maria Schneider or Dave Holland big bands trend. But I've been suprised with music beyond that cliché of "modern big band". Wald's music is original, modern, but deeply rooted in the nicest big band music of the past. I can't help being reminded of Duke and his suites, for the way the band keeps a thread connecting every track with the following one, but also being a single unit itself.
No one who loves jazz would regret buying this wonderful disc for repeated joy.

Mark Rohr

Best new jazz release of the year!
What a masterful CD: the best new big band CD I've heard in ages. As a composer, Wald brings a fresh new voice to big band music, devoid of cliche and brimming with invention, clarity, and his own kind of swing. The playing is superb both in the soloists and in the sections, and the sound is outstanding: here is the power and the glory of the big band! I hope there will be many more from Rick Wald and 16/NYC.

Amanda Volovik

Fantastic! Late 20th century New York Urban Jazz
First track is like Bernard Hermann's score in Taxi Driver with more exotica. A powerful revival that was needed!

Duane Harvey

Outstanding modern big band.
Followers of recent trends in big band jazz will be immediately reminded of Maria Schneider upon hearing this music, but Wald is very much his own man. This program of all original compositions/arrangements by RW is superbly played by this stellar ensemble which features up and coming alto star Loren Stillman, Mel Lewis alumn Gary Smulyan, veterans Lou Marini, Chip Jackson, Valery Ponomerev, and others. Perhaps most shocking is that music of this caliber took so long to get in front of the public--Wald had to release this himself after finding a reasonable deal with an established label all but impossible to find. Their loss; this will unquestionably be remembered by those who hear it as one of the best big band releases in recent memory.


16/NYC is breath of fresh air that has to be listen to again and again
16/nyc has the originality to be my personal favorite big band recording since the days of ellington and gil evans.the compositions,arrangements,and solos are of higher caliber than anything that i have listen to in awhile enough to bring tears to your eyes.this recording is one that will be actively listen to again and again.