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Long one of the top arrangers in jazz, Bob Florence contributed seven inventive charts to five of his originals and two standards on this swinging, yet often complex, set and also takes "Never Let Me Go" as a sensitive piano solo. "Dukeisms," a lengthy piece commissioned to celebrate Duke Ellington's 100th birthday in 1999, has quotes from five Ellington pieces. Other selections include the cooking blues "Nerve Endings" (highlighted by Carl Saunders' trumpet solo), a sensitive reworking of "Chelsea Bridge," a fairly abstract "Kissing Bug," trumpeter Steve Huffsteter's ballad feature on "Q&A," and the title cut. Other key soloists include guitarist Larry Koonse; altoist Kim Richmond; tenors Tom Peterson and Jeff Driskill; trombonists Charlie Loper, Bob McChesney, and Alex Isles; and trumpeter Ron Stout, among others. Florence's arrangements are full of color, variety, and surprises, making this a highly recommended release of modern big band jazz.


Born: 20 May 1932 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As a longtime staff arranger for Liberty Records, Bob Florence wrote some of the most innovative and challenging charts in postwar jazz -- in many respects a man out of time, he possessed a particular brilliance for large-ensemble arrangements in the tradition of Duke Ellington, although the commercial vogue for big-band jazz had long since passed. Born May 30, 1932, in Los Angeles, Florence was a child prodigy who took his first piano lesson at the age of three. He abandoned classical studies in...
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