Eyal Vilner Big Band receives a WOW review from Bebop Spoken Here

BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

by Lance

Move over Liz Taylor, Lana Turner & Liberace make way for Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Rihanna – CD Review: Eyal Vilner Big Band – Swing Out!

Recently I was bemoaning the fact that, whilst I love Nina Simone’s version of My Baby Just Cares For Me, it was time for today’s vocalists to update the lyrics. Well, on this superb big band album, vocalist Brianna Thomas has done just that and so we get Beyoncé for Liz Taylor, Michelle Obama for Lana Turner and, Rihanna for Liberace. It works, not least because Vilner has also scored Nina’s iconic piano solo for the whole band – this is like WOW!
What a gem! A big band with a difference, a band that brings the past pretty close to the present!
Think Bob Crosby, Luis Russell, early Benny and maybe some territory bands and you get the idea. Pre-bop big band scored to meet the demands of today’s listeners – and dancers. Yes, dancers! The Vilner Big Band is tops with the New York swing dance community and your feet will tell you why.
Superb arrangements and great solos – one moment I’m at Connie’s Inn, next it’s the Cotton Club or maybe the Palomar Ballroom out on the coast. Could be The Savoy in Harlem anywhere but The Oxford or Hammersmith Palais.
Take your partners for the Lindy Hop.
Absolutely love it!
Downhill; In a Mellow Tone; Dinah; Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?; St. Louis Blues; That’s All; Big Apple Contest; My Baby Just Cares For me; Going Uptown; 5-10-15 Hours; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; I’m on my Way to Canaan Land.
Street date July 12. Visit: www.eyalvilner.com 

PS: And if you live in NYC there’s a CD launch…
Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, Wednesday, July 10, 6pm – Damrosch Park, 62nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm; Dance lesson at 6:30 pm; Live music at 7:30 pm
Single Tickets: In advance: $18, Day-of: $22
Eyal Vilner (alto sax/flute/clarinet/MD); Bryan Davis, Michael Sailors, Brandon Lee, James Zoller (trumpets); Robert Edwards, Mariel Bildsten, Rob Wilkins (trombones); Bill Todd (alto sax/clarinet/flute); Jordan Pettay (alto sax); Evan Arntzen (tenor sax/clarinet); Michael Hashim (tenor sax); Eden Bareket (bari sax); Jordan Piper (piano); Ian Hutchison (bass); Eran Fink (drums) + Itai Kriss (flute tk 12; Andrew Millar (washboard tk 3); Brianna Thomas, Brandon Bain (vocals).

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