Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Interplay Jazz Orchestra "On The Sunny Side"

Here is yet another big band to turn your head. The Interplay Jazz Orchestra is based out of Long Island, New York and has earned high marks for its invigorating arrangements and its exciting sound. Co-led by trumpet ace Gary Henderson and trombone maven Joey Devassy, this sixteen-piece juggernaut presents an eleven-tune display of well crafted musicianship and impressive arranging and solo work. Most of the tunes are enduring standards like the title tune, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", as well as evergreens such as "Caravan", "Time After Time", "Tangerine", "Invitation", and a personal fave, "I'll Close My Eyes". Among the originals, I was most impressed with Devassy's sensitivity on his ballad called "Broken". All in all this CD provides further proof that there are exceptional though under recognized players virtually everywhere.
Self-produced; 2018; times not indicated.

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