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Reviewers: Don Mather, Tony Augarde, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby

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No Bounds

Origin 82463




  1. Winter Games
  2. When You Wish Upon A Star
  3. No Bounds
  4. People Will Say We’re In Love
  5. Clax’s Theme
  6. In The Doghouse
  7. Try Harder
  8. Smile
  9. Someday My Prince Will Come
  10. Otterkamp
  11. It’s A Small World After All.

Tierney Sutton – Vocals
Jeff Driskill, Kim Richmond, Rob Lockart, Brandon Fields, Tom Peterson – Saxophones
Wayne Bergeron, Kye Palmer, Ron King, Carl Saunders, Kevin Richardson, Till Bronner – Trumpets
Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Alex Iles, Arturo Velasco, Rich Bullock – Trombones
Brian Monroney – Guitar
Alan Steinberger, Frank Chastenier – Piano
Ken Wild – Bass
Ray Brinker, Gregg Field - Drums
M.B. Gordy - Vibraphone, percussion
Chris Walden - Drum and synth programming
Martin Tillman - Electric cello

Too many big band recordings sound the same, using hackneyed techniques and voicings. But this album sounds different right from the very start – an imaginative arrangement of David Foster’s Winter Games. The ensemble sound is a knockout, possibly because Chris Walden uses six trumpets and five trombones, creating a rich and rare depth to the music.

The solos in between the ensembles are more conventional but all skilfully played, maintaining one’s interest. The orchestration gains added depth from the use of a string section and French horns on the title track and Clax’s Theme, the latter a composition by Till Bronner spotlighting his lonely-sounding trumpet. Vocalist Tierney Sutton is featured on People Will Say We’re in Love (with a cleverly dislocated rhythm) and the delicately understated Smile. Variety is further ensured by the electric cello solo in Otterkam and the man-and-wife bickering of In the Doghouse (with Chris Walden himself soloing elegantly on flugelhorn).

The main reason this CD stands out from the crowd is Chris’s arranging skill. He came originally from Germany but is now working very effectively in Los Angeles, as this album testifies.

Tony Augarde


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