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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, Glyn Pursglove, George Stacy, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf



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GLENN CASHMAN &
THE SOUTHLAND BIG BAND

Primrose Lane Music PLM 013

 

 


1. Cookin’ with Shorty and Coop
2. Aguas de Marco
3. Blues in the Tunnel
4. Chesapeake Bay
5. Lighthouse Keeping Man
6. The Circuit
7. Satellite Twelve
8. Cheryl
9. Concerto per Basso Pavimento
10. Samba for You

Glenn Cashman – Alto sax
Tom Loer, Rob Hardt – Tenor saxes
Bob Efford – Baritone sax
Lee Thornburg – Lead trumpet (tracks 1-4, 10)
Pete De Sienna – Lead Trumpet (tracks 5-9)
Bob Summers, Ron Stout –Trumpets/flugelhorns
Carl Saunders – Trumpet solo (tracks 1, 4)
Andy Martin – Trombone
Alex Isles – Trombone tenor/bass
Ron Eschete – Guitar
Ed Czach - Piano/Hammond B3
Luther Hughes – Acoustic bass
Paul Kreibich – Drums

Recorded at Citrus College Studio, Glendora, California.
All compositions except 2 by Glenn Cashman.

 

Glenn Cashman is normally based in New York, but tours extensively. He is a fine alto sax soloist and also a very good lead alto; in addition he frequently plays tenor which he plays with the Cannonball-Coltrane Project (CCP). He is obviously the complete saxophone player.

This is an outstanding big band album; Glenn has assembled many of the West Coast’s best, to record this album of his compositions and arrangements. I found it interesting that Bob Efford, who was for many years the tenor sax soloist with the Ted Heath Band, is included in the personnel.

The arrangements are all very interesting to listen to and the standard of solo playing is consistently very high. Often the band sounds even larger than a 14-piece, due to Glenn’s skill as an arranger. The style of the tracks is very varied, which makes the album even more enjoyable, and the choice of different soloists and instruments for the solos helps maintain the listener’s interest from start to finish.

The recording quality is also very high: you would expect that in 2009, but it is not always the case. The arrangements are demanding, but this crew handle them without ever seeming to be fazed, demonstrating the calibre of the musicians involved.

I recommend this album to all fans of big band jazz without any reservations, it is first-class.

Don Mather



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