Up from the Skies - Music of Jim McNeely
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
||Up from the Skies||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||8:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Life of Riley||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||8:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In This Moment||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||9:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Even Ask||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||9:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Suite - One Question, 3 Answers: Almost Always||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||8:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Suite - One Question, 3 Answers: Hardly Ever||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||8:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Suite - One Question, 3 Answers: You Tell Me||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||7:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||We Will Not Be Silenced||The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra||8:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition of excellence that was the core ingredient when it began life as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra during the 1960s. Now led by pianist/conductor/composer/arranger Jim McNeely, the band brings life to his stimulating charts with tight ensembles and strong solos throughout the session. The first track is a bit of a surprise, a breezy jazz setting of rocker Jimi Hendrix's "Up from the Skies" that is a good bit more harmonically adventurous than the original record. The pianist's unusual blues "Life of Riley" showcases drummer John Riley and trombonist Luis Bonilla in a post-bop theme that constantly shifts into a new direction. His haunting ballad "In This Moment" has a melancholy air, with McNeely opening the work alone before giving way to Scott Wendholt's subdued but powerful flugelhorn. McNeely's three-part suite "One Question, Three Answers" features three tantalizing movements, with each one showcasing a pair of soloists. "Don't Even Ask" is a fluid post-bop vehicle featuring alto saxophonist Billy Drewes (one of Manhattan's first-call reedmen), McNeely and bassist Dennis Irwin, the latter in one of his last recordings with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra before losing his fight with cancer in early 2008.