In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Thursday, April 7, 2011

FULL FAITH & CREDIT

FULL FAITH & CREDIT BIG BAND - DEBUT (Palo Alto/TBA 80001 - 1980)


This album was the first release on the Palo Alto label, a label that specialised in West Coast Big Band. The Full Faith & Credit Big Band was (is?) a North California Big Band led by composer / arranger / trumpet player Ray Brown (no, NOT the bass player), a former Kenton alumnus.  The band was the baby of  Jim Benham, a succesful businessman who was also a competent trumpet player in his spare time ( "Jim Benham of Behnam Capital Management has his own jazz band called Full Faith and Credit. He plays trumpet, and about five times a week he goes into a room -- he has a special room for this -- and he just improvises on the trumpet. He says if you know anything about meditation -- he speaks like a jazz man -- it's very much a breathing scene. So he says in playing the trumpet you have to get all this air through this tiny hole, and he says he gets just tremendous numbers of ideas if he just improvises for an hour or so, and this happens.").
Apart from the above, there is little info on this band on the Web.  I do have another album,  JazzFaire (1988), featuring the singer Madeline Eastman making her debut on record but I do prefer this first album.
If you like West Coast Big Band, you'll love this one.




Album currently OOP to the best of my knowledge






8 comments:

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  2. Thanks for this post; I've never heard of this band

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  3. Got this album when it first came out, then lost it.
    Great to have it back.

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  4. RE-POST
    http://www.mediafire.com/?xrzbkc1fm78twkj

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  5. This was a great band. Tight, well balanced with nice "bones." FF&C 3 is one of my favorite albums, right up there with the big band works of Kenton, Mintzer and Cattingub. "Lament" on FF&C 3 has one of the most lyrical and clean trombone solos I have ever heard. If I didn't know better, I would swear it was Rich Matteson.

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    1. Glad to see that the link is still active and that you enjoyed the album. I have also their LP with Madeline Eastman (Jazzfaire) which I may rip and post later on if there is an interest. I don't think it is available in CD format.
      Cheers

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  6. Lead alto player from FF&C III here! This band was one of my best musical experiences to date. A lot of the cats are still going strong, playing around the Bay Area. I can be found at www.tonycorman.com, and in the jazz quintet FivePlay: www.fiveplayjazz.com.

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    1. Hello Tony,
      thanks for leaving a message and giving us some info on the band members. It must have been a great experience to play in such a big band. I hope you don't mind me posting the album, it's probably the only way for anyone to hear the music. I recommend FivePlayJazz to our visitors. Hope some will buy the CD(s). Cheers

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