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Album Review

A young big band conductor. A rarity to be sure, but not necessarily an oxymoron. Chris Walden proves that in this album, a surprisingly versatile primer of the big band. Walden can use traditional techniques, with a soloist over the top of a soft backing of horns, as you'll hear in the Christopher Cross-penned "Rainy Day in Vancouver," as well as his own Film Noir series. He can invoke the spirit of Tadd Dameron's bop big bands, which you'll get glimpses of in "Cherokee." He can cover old Jimmy Van Heusen classics and film scores with ease, adapt the intricacy of four to a large ensemble, and even force the old Star Wars pieces to fit into a classic-'60s big band sound. The playing on the part of the band is spotless and finessed. They can slink and smash equally well, and support and solo in turn. There's a quiet big band renaissance movement afoot, and Walden, while not necessarily standing at the forefront to force it upon the listener, very ably shows off what a big band can do, and how well it can be done.

Customer Reviews


Absolutely brilliant Big Band - Film Noir Part 1 - is incredible.. Buy this, you won't be disappointed and will be left wanting more

Wonderful Discover

As Tim says This is one of the most wonderful sounding band You will ever heard. I was driving down to my Class reunion I played on my ipod hooked up to my Car Gee My Rugged truck feels like Expensive German car while I listend to this deeply emotionaly correct Musics.just give a chance to listen,You will see.

Gorgeous Jazz Album. Incredible production. Masterful Big Band

The sound quality is crisp. The musicianship is incredible. I don't know how I missed this artist as he's a very mature talent with great compositional chops. Excellent playing witha fresh new tone and playing.

Just a refreshing listen that everyone should buy and support.

It's real music for anyone who loves Dave Holland, or any contemporary "big band" formation, get it, get it, get it!

Home of My Heart, The Chris Walden Big Band
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 22, 2005

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