MICHAEL DOHERTY’S MUSIC LOG
Eyal Vilner Big Band: “Swing Out!” – If you need some delicious big band tunes to lift you up in these dark days, Eyal Vilner Big Band is here to help. Eyal Vilner plays alto saxophone, clarinet and flute, and did the arrangements. He also composed a couple of the tracks, including the opening number, “Downhill,” which moves and swings and features some wonderful stuff from Vilner, as well as Brandon Lee on trumpet and Robert Edwards on trombone. The entire album is fantastic, but highlights include a wonderful rendition of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” (here shortened to “Do You Know What It Means”) and fun versions of “Saint Louis Blues” and “5-10-15 Hours.” Brianna Thomas provides excellent vocal work on this album. Whether she is belting out a lyric or delivering a line more intimately, she is a delight to listen to. And Brandon Bain joins the band on vocals for a sweet rendition of “That’s All.” This album was released on July 12, 2019.