Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Tasty Tunes" The Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine

  • Through the intense dedication and most likely the frequent struggles of believers, big bands like this one find a way to keep the flame alive. In this case it's through the tireless southern Californiabig band of Ira B. Liss. He's been at the helm of this striking ensemble for nearly four decades, employing the efforts of some exciting and talented soloists and ensemble specialists. The happy, high rung sound of this band makes it clear that these guys love this gig. So if you were a player in this setting, you'd take delight in a repertoire that features American Songbook classics. You'd be lucky enough to give it your all on gems like "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Early Autumn", "Over The Rainbow", "Oleo", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", and a bunch more. This is, plain and simple, a gathering of first rate players soaring on fresh, stimulating, and often challenging arrangements. A real treat for big brassy band believers. But don't expect Lester Lanin or Freddy Martin!

Tallman Productions; 2017; appx. 57 min.

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