O’s Place Jazz Magazine
by D. Oscar Groomes
The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band – The Weather Is Here
O’s Notes: Saxophonist Jeff Benedict has been in the music since he was a kid. His passion and enthusiastic approach comes through in the music, and he performs with friends who share his passion. Guitarist Dave Askren steps up on “Ant Dance” and then makes it funky on “Tom and Jerry”, in homage to LA’s Tom Scott and Jerry Hey. We also enjoyed the spirited rendition of “Cheek to Cheek”, “Hikky Burr” and “Armadillo Research”. There’s a good mix of both traditional and contemporary standards all jazzed up and swinging with this large ensemble.