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The consistently inventive composer and drummer John Hollenbeck has written music for large ensembles, all-percussion groups, spoken-word settings: you name it. On Songs I Like a Lot, he uses his considerable arranging skills to reimagine a set of pop tunes. The project was commissioned and performed by The Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Vocalists Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann are featured, and Gary Versace plays piano and organ. In the intro, warm-toned brass and woodwinds mix with Martin Scales’ guitar before McGarry and Bleckmann take turns on the verses. Later, Scales plays an absolutely gorgeous solo, and things wrap up with a minimalist-style outro. The traditional “Man of Constant Sorrow” starts with freewheeling drums and a heavy horn chart. Thomas Heidepriem’s bass and Scales’ acoustic guitar drive hard as Bleckmann’s folk-flavored tones and McGarry’s jazzier notes nicely contrast. Hollenbeck keeps listeners on their toes with a surprise: a cover of Queen’s “Bicycle Race.” And there’s a surprise inside the surprise: Hollenbeck uses a bicycle as a percussion instrument.

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Listened to canvas in my jazz class and am looking forward to getting the money to buy this album


Born: June 19, 1968 in Binghamton, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for helming the Claudia Quintet and John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, as well as his sideman contributions to the work of numerous other artists, John Hollenbeck has shown himself to be an intuitive and far-reaching drummer, percussionist, composer, and group leader. Born in Binghamton, New York and a resident of New York City, Hollenbeck studied with trombonist/pianist/bandleader Bob Brookmeyer and was a member of Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra before becoming associated with the downtown...
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Songs I Like a Lot (feat. Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry & Gary Versace), John Hollenbeck
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 29, 2013

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