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The H2 Big Band Youre It!

CD JM1053 UPC 700261322278 Release Date: June 14, 2011
Features jazz trumpet legend Bobby Shew playing on all 11 tracks as either a soloist, lead player, or section trumpeterthe latter two roles being something he hasnt done much of at all in recent years! Stellar new arrangements and compositions by pianist Dave Hanson and featuring co-leader Al Hood on trumpet. World-class soloists and players from Denver (including Al Hood, Brad Goode, Nelson Hinds, and Ken Walker) and beyond (Glenn Kostur & Bobby Shew from Albuquerque, Jason Carder from Miami, and Mike Rodriquez from New York). Features veterans from the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, and more!
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There is indeed an emphatic flow of big bands. A prime example of one that possesses the attributes which jazz lovers seek is certainly the H2 Big Band. It has the distinction of immediately blowing you away! It stimulates a large appetite for more, without apology. This exceptional band is a collaboration of trumpeter Al Hood and pianist/composer/arranger Dave Hanson, prominent jazz educators and performers armed with heavily laden credentials. Their co-leadership is recognized in the name of the band: both of their surnames begin with H accounting for the unique name. Both Al and Dave articulate a wonderful like-mindedness and aesthetic temperament, revealing their synergies on many levels. Special remarks from Bobby Shew are pertinent: Its an excellent band. Daves writing is praiseworthy and is perfect for the group. Al Hood is such a powerful player, a phenomenon hes the Paul Bunyan of the jazz trumpet! The whole trumpet section is a killer! It doesnt take a long audition of You're It! to realize this is an extraordinary recording. I invite listeners to savor the fresh imagination and emotional heat of the swinging interpretations that showcase Daves portraits, and the strong individualities of the standout soloists. Add the trumpet magic of guest Bobby Shew and the chemistry is complete. The H2 Big Band is a dynamite big band template. They're definitely "it!" -Dr. Herb Wong, Menlo Park, CA

CD available at Press/Radio Promotion: Dick LaPalm (310) 472-7246

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