Today, a little-known modern big band from the North West. It is again a CD I found on a “brocante” (flea market), in Ganshoren (Brussels), in the early nineties. Again I didn’t have a clue about the band (and there was no Internet, no Google, no Discogs or AMG!). But it looked OK, it was from the West Coast which is a hotbed for modern big bands and it was very cheap. I took it.
The Kicks Band was created by arrangers Lee Bradford and Gary Hobbs. Now based in Oregon, the orchestra, which is co-led by altoist Susie May Jones, trumpeter David Mills and trombonist Geoff Craig, plays modern straight-ahead jazz with arrangements contributed by various bandmembers. There are no “names” among the sidemen but the soloists (which include altoist Kirt Peterson, tenor saxophonist Bryan Dickerson, trumpeter Paul Mazzio, trombonist Geoff Craig and the alternating pianists Gordon Lee and Larry Natwick) are excellent. The track “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” won a National Public Radio Award.
It was issued by Monster Music in 1989. Currently OOP. Apparently still unheard of on the blogsphere!
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