Monday, October 6, 2014

The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra A Beautiful Friendship Summit

 
The Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra raises the bar for big band music across the globe!
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Predictability has always been the Achilles heel for most jazz orchestras. A Beautiful Friendship from the Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra is straight ahead big band with attitude and a subtle hard bop edge. When you include three of the finest soloists in Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb and Carl Saunders then you take an ordinary release and move the recording into an extraordinary level of performance that very few large ensembles can touch.
 
Some releases write their own reviews and A Beautiful Friendship is no exception. The tunes are of course familiar and include "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" along with "It Could Happen To You" and "Joy Spring." Wayne Bergeron and Bobby Shew make appearances of note that reinforce that lyrical sense of purpose that other big bands seem to miss.
 
An A list big band that swings like a beast! Gary Urwin's arrangements are right on point as the harmonic heat goes through the roof!