Live in Concert 2011. All-Star Brass.
Live in Concert 2011. All-Star Brass; Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, trumpets; Martin Hackleman, horn; Keith Dyrda, trombone; Patrick Sheriden, tuba; with special guests Mark Gould, trumpet; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Kristian Alexandrov, percussion/piano. allstarbrass.com
Kerry Turner: The Casbah of Tetouan; Doug Morton: Fond Du Lac; Allan Gilliland: Krista Marie; Pixinguinha: Ingenuo; Allan Gilliland: Waltz for Mr. Evans; Celso Guscon/arr. R. Mendez: The Brave Matador; Ralph Carmichael/arr. D. Morton: A Quiet Place; Sam Pilafian & Patrick Sheridan: Variations on Paul Simon; Peter Meechan: In Memory (FM); Pablo Beltran Ruiz/ arr. S. Pilafian: Sway; Rafael Hernandez/arr. P. Sheridan and S. Pilafian: El Cumanchero.
Trumpeter Jens Lindemann assembled this all-star brass quintet and superlative supporting musicians during a summer residency at the Banff Centre. The quintet is essentially a dream team of brass artistry.
The program offered on this disc is breathtaking. Superb artistry and perfection in blend is evidenced in every track. The recording, while "live," has fidelity and spaciousness--the sound engineers got this right. The microphone pickup is close and personal without being overly hot or harsh, and the audience ambience is there but very distant. A mix of the serious and a bit of good-humored cheekiness will delight the listener.
The use of additional instruments increases the musical interest of the program, as does the battery of trumpets and flugelhorns used by Lindemann and Anthony. Each of the five principals gets their moment to shine in a feature. Marty Hackleman is offered his spot on Sway. This brilliant Latin-inspired number illustrates Hackleman's superior upper register and soaring cantabile. Eldon Matlick, University of Oklahoma.