Chris Walden is one of the most exciting young composers on the scene today!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I have to admit...one more big band release to review and you would find me in Home Depot in the length of rope and rickety stool department but when they are this good then it makes your gig so much easier! Chris Walden's Big Band Full -On! is just that, full contact big band kicked up for the next generation. A fresh vibrant sound with seven dynamic originals leading the charge along with some cameos from Arturo Sandoval and Tierney Sutton. Walden is the exception to the rule as arranging recording dates for such artists as Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble keep the wolf away from the door and swinging big band scratches that creative itch for something more.
Walden's style moves across genre with a smoldering interpretation of the Yellowjackets classic "Out of Town" which bookends well against the old school attitude of the Basie influenced "Bailout." Big band samba? Done! "Bada Bamba" is another buoyant tune which features a bass trombone master class from Bill Reichenbach. Other luminaries dotting the harmonic landscape include Brandon Fields and the vocal magic of Siedah Garrett on the Christopher Cross hit "Ride Like The Wind."
This is the big band release you have been waiting for! A wide melodic path with a distinct lyrical sense of purpose has this as one of the best for 2014!
Tracks: Bailout; I Can Cook Too; Lost In The Memory; Gatsby; Sir Duke; Bada Bamba; If I Only Knew; Only The Lonley; Arturo; Hey Good Looking; Out of Town; Ride Like The Wind.