Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band: Minuano (Six Eight)


Minuano (Six Eight)


Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band


The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays (Mama Foundation 1009)

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Bob Sheppard (reeds), Danny House (reeds), Bobby Shew (trumpet, flugelhorn), Buddy Childers (trumpet, flugelhorn), Don Rader (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Paul Viapiano (guitar),

Jerry Pinter (reeds), Rob Lockart (reeds), Tom Peterson (reeds), Wayne Bergeron (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ron Stout (trumpet, flugelhorn), Rick Culver (trombone), Andy Martin (trombone), Alex Iles (trombone), Chuck Hughes (trombone), Dana Hughes (bass trombone), Tom Warrington (bass), Steve Houghton (drums), Brian Kilgore (percussion)


Arranged and conducted by Bob Curnow. Composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays.


Recorded: No info given; CD released in 1994


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Bob Curnow's arrangements of Pat Metheny's music for big band are a delight to hear, and the 1994 recording The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays by Curnow's L.A. Big Band is one of the neglected gems of the rapidly growing 'tribute jazz' category. By drawing on this sometimes idiosyncratic repertoire, Curnow cuts through the clichés of the big band vocabulary, and delivers a series of fresh and invigorating performances. This version of "Minuano" works like a charm, and Curnow even finds a way of adapting the heavily synthesized minimalist interlude in the original Metheny recording that other cover artists (see here and here) haven't dared to tackle. I wish we heard more often from Mr. Curnow, but with this CD he gave us a mini-masterpiece.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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