California artist Jeff Benedict is Professor Emeritus of Music at Cal State University, Los Angeles and is an important figure in the Los Angeles music scene. He is the epitome of a quiet revolutionary of a saxophone player. What makes Jeff Benedict even more of a rare bird is that he is at home playing classical (performing with the LA Phil, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony etc) as well as jazz music on the saxophone, and, for the record, is also a member of the Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz Orchestra. Moreover, his sight-reading skills are so finely honed that he has been asked to, and graciously interpreted, and performed, many new works specially written for the saxophone, which he continues to do with the Orion Saxophone Quartet, a Los Angeles based contemporary music ensemble that he founded. Now he steps up with his Jeff Benedict Big Band and the result is some powerful
The songs are both originals and arrangements of standards with featured solos by member of this fine organization.
The tracks – Moonscape, Nardis, The Fotomat Song (Someday My Prince Will Come), The Weather Is Here Wish You Were Beautiful, Armadillo Research, Ant Dance, Cheek to Cheek, The Mighty Dollar, Tome and Jerry, and Hicky Burr.
Big Band big sound that leaves us richly rewarded! Bounce into this atmosphere of fine musicality and music that will brighten your life.