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Reviewers: Don Mather, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Colin Clarke


FLORIAN ROSS
BRASS PROJECT
LILACS and LAUGHTER

Florian Ross - Piano
Ingolf Burkharft, Claus Stotter, Eric Vloeimans - Trumpets
Christine Chapman. Ruth Funke - French Horns
Jurgen Neudert, Nils Wogram - Trombones
Ed Partyka - Bass trombone, Tuba
Ingmar Heller - Bass
John Hollenbeck - Drums
Manfred Knaak - Conductor
NAXOS JAZZ 86053 - D
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Opening Chorale
Opening Fanfare
Lilacs and laughter
Vamp 1
Mutual Recognition
Rondo No 5
Four is a Company
At the Movies
Vamp 2
Vamp 3
Old, New City
Vamp 4
Aldersong

After doing a number of reviews recently, I had held this one till last, because having read the sleeve note, I thought it would not be for me. The thing that is most satisfying about being a record reviewer is that you are sometimes forced to listen to things that would have otherwise passed you by. This looked at first glance like a Brass band with a rhythm section, it is much more than that, it is new exciting music written for a Brass Jazz Ensemble. The melodic content is excellent, the soloists superb and the rhythm section is of the highest order. The arrangements remind me a lot of Gerry Mulligan writing for his Big band and for me their can be no higher praise, as it was one of the most exceptional outfits in jazz

Ross himself, Ingmar Heller and drummer John Hollenbeck are the kind of rhythm section most jazz players dream of working with, but rarely get. The Band has many fine Front line soloists; one slight criticism is that the sleeve notes don't say who takes which solo. This is excellent contemporary music and just when I thought I was a died-in-the-wool old Bopper, along comes something contemporary, musical melodic and well worthy of attention.

Don Mather




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