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Vibrant Tones by City Rhythm Orchestra

Big band music has had its share of accolades and failures, too numerous at times to even discuss. However, the point is the successes prevail more often today with some of the brightest and well-rounded talent out on stage. Limehouse Records has released in 2005 one of those dynamic however unique big band projects called Vibrant Tones. Performed by one of the most diverse ensembles in jazz, the City Rhythm Orchestra (CRO) exercise not on that big band heat but also offers the classic sounds of Joey DeFrancesco and his jazz organ. This CD/DVD set is just a powerful display of diversity and unchallenged creative style. It’s a cool sound with strong potent arrangements.

Over two decades CRO has established and introduced respect by revitalizing the genre of the big band methodology. Vibrant Tones is just another step in a dignified however heated sound. For all of us who embrace this nostalgic sound CRO has again quenched our thirst for distinctive jazz and met our musical needs. This is seventeen pieces of 14-carat cool in a jewel box!

The brass simmers with the bands passion for excellence as can be examined in numerous cuts on this project. The DeFrancesco organ is just so exotic in nature with its multi-personalities blossoming throughout however check the fever pitch of the keys in "Billies Bounce." The organ solo is outstanding and is reminiscent of a runaway train.

I highly recommend such cuts as "Whirly Bird" and "One Mint Julep," but to be frank each cut should capture your ear. "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set" is a romance waiting to happen as the organ intros with a bewitching effect as the brass section with finesse enters the arrangement. So clear and distinct are the sounds and tones, the project blankets the total group effort of all involved.

CRO along with guest organist DeFrancesco is as big band meant to be showcased, with class, high energy, and innovative dare. It’s an investment in classic and respectful sound keeping in touch with the big band legacy. It will make your moment!

Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Karl can also be reached at 1-802-380-6065.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: City Rhythm Orchestra
  • CD Title: Vibrant Tones
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Limehouse Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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