Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band is reviewed by Bebop Spoken Here

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CD Review: Rich Willey’s Boptism Big Band – Down & Dirty

by lance liddle

I know I never stop moaning (or should that be Moanin’?) about the number of CDs I’m presented with for review. When I first started BSH I’d eagerly await the postman in anticipation of what goodies he may have in store for me – I was a kid in a sweetie factory! However, with the passage of time, it became reminiscent of the old joke about the musician who goes to Hell and finds himself playing in the Basie Band.

He’s in his element blowing alongside Lester and the rest of the guys on One O’Clock Jump. Chorus after chorus they’re swinging like the devil who just happens to be conducting the band. However, by the time the tune has become Six O’Clock Jump, the newcomer looks at the chart and says to Prez, “Where’s the coda?” to which the tenor player replies: “There ain’t no coda, where do you think you are, Heaven?”

So, I’ve had to become more selective and, as such, overlooked many gems – this particular album being an example of one that almost passed under the radar. One excuse is that it is less time taking to review a trio or a quartet album than one involving umpteen musicians – fewer names to type you see.

Nevertheless, had I ignored this album, I too would have been consigned to Dante’s Inferno Club.

Possibly the big band album of the year. However, as I’ve wasted too much space already, rather than give chapter and verse follow the link and find out more as well as hearing samples. My highlight is the leader’s bass trumpet solo on Old Folks which, unfortunately, isn’t heard on the sample. Five stars and counting!

Rich Willey (trumpet, flugelhorn & bass trumpet); Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Rob Schaer, Mike Rocha, Tony Bonsera (trumpets); Alex Iles, Andy Martin, Steve Holtman, Bill Reichenbach (trombones); Dan Higgins, Brian Scanlon, Bob Sheppard, Jeff Driskill, Sal Lozano, Jay Mason (reeds); Wally Minko (keyboards); Andrew Synowiec (guitars); Edwin Livingston (bass); Peter Erskine (drums); Joey De Leon (percussion) + Thomas Hooten (piccolo trumpet on Down & Dirty).

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