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Patrick Williams New York Band

Patrick Williams New York Band - 10th Avenue

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10th Avenue

By   Patrick Williams New York Band

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Pat Williams' electrified New York Band, comprised of many of Gotham's top studio pros, turns in some live-wire performances here in this solid, energetic album with nary a hint of routine. With the help of producer Phil Ramone, Williams manages to procure an airy, transparent yet full sound from his band despite the presence of five French horns and a tuba that one would normally associate with bottom-loaded, urbane darkness. The electronic keyboards on the session are arranged and recorded with unusual skill and taste, underpinning the acoustic instruments without bogging them down. A decade ahead of the new standards trend, Williams turns to contemporaneous popular hit songs -- Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre" -- and does well by all of them, effectively translating them into a big band context. Also superb are Williams' imaginative treatments of Nat Adderley's "Jive Samba," Quincy Jones' "The Witching Hour" and his own title track. Michael and Randy Brecker are given flattering solo showcases, as are keyboardist Richard Tee and trombonist Bill Watrous. As a prime example of first-rate contemporary big band music that doesn't pander to the accountants, doesn't get too far out for the general public and doesn't sound like all the other ensembles, it's hard to beat this album -- and it's too bad that there aren't more of them around.

A Review:

The charts that make up this CD should be taught at Berklee College of Music. It's jazz big band writing at its best. I've been listening to this album for 20 years and I never tire of it. If you like solid section writing, expert ensemble work and solos that fit the chart (not just the ego of the instrumentalist), you owe this recording your close attention which it will richly reward.


1     10th Avenue

2     Still Crazy After All These Years

3     Her Song

4     New York State of Mind

5     Jive Samba

6     The Witching Hour

7     The Chant

8     Mull of Kintyre

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