Urwin's originals are innovative and multi-faceted. The exciting"Colores" showcases the trumpeters. Four of them solo, separately and then together, following Wayne Bergeron's incredible lead. "Sublimation" opens peacefully and then takes off with Rusty Higgins' soprano solo. Guest guitarist John Pisano shows his stuff on the happy bossa nova " For Liz and John" and again it's Christlieb, this time with trombonist Andy Martin, shining on "Outside Looking In."
Urwin's charts of jazz standards pay homage to the giants: Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Billy Strayhorn and Monk.So many nuances! Flute colors. (All his reeds double.) The shimmering sound of the harp. A warm-toned cello tone placed just where it should be. Tempo changes. Sax soli. Mood swings. Samuel Barber teamed with Strayhorn!
For the ballad lovers, Christlieb and pianist Christian Jacob develop a quiet understanding of "East of the Sun" in a closing duet while Bill Watrous, as always, contributes a virtuoso turn to the plaintive " I'm a Fool to Want You"as the orchestra moves from ballad to jazz waltz.
This release, a follow-up to"Perspectives," proves that the West Coast big band tradition of Bob Florence (who participated in the liner notes), Bill Holman, Tom Kubis and others continues on with the Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra.