The Awakening Orchestra (Innova) “Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer”

Not your typical Jazz Big Band recording.  One moment the rhythm section is up-front with a soloist….various motives bubbling in the other instruments in the background….then the entire ensemble is roaring to a huge climax.  The music seems to follow a dramatic arc, almost as if a story line is woven as a connecting thread from track to track.   Fine soloists, great writing/orchestration/ use of dynamics.  Nods to Samuel Barber (CD 1 #3) and Brahms (CD 2 #1 ) , 2 ‘standards’ and much fine music from the pen of leader Kyle Saulnier.   Sample….Play!

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