Rich Willey is reviewed by Audiophile Review

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by Paul Wilson

Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band – “Down & Dirty” – Wise Cat Records

Looking at the CD cover I immediately thought, “my stars, how many musicians are there in this group?” Answer, and according to the liner notes, forty-six. That is more than a big band ensemble, that’s a symphony orchestra. And with track names like “Boogie Feast,” “Dancing Hippo,” “Funk Heap,” and of course, the title track, I thought I was probably in for a pretty good time. I’m not sure how this work should best be classified. I mean, the words “big band” shows up right smack dab in the title. And then there are all those many musicians which also says big band. But for whatever reason, I didn’t get that impression. I mean, there are clearly elements of big band styled jazz, but also funk, Latin and shoot, even a bit of good ole rock and roll.  I was tappin’ my foot and bouncing around in my listening chair having a great ole time. This is fun music, regardless of how it might be classified.

Overall:   8.5

Sonics:   8

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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