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Live at the Kulturpalast Dresden - The SWR Big Band plays Duke ellington, George Gershwin and Sammy Nestico

> Swingphonic Suite - Swingphonic Suite
> Rhapsody in Blue (arr. F. Grofe) - Rhapsody in Blue (arr. F. Grofe)
> Harlem (A Tone Parallel to Harlem) - Harlem (A Tone Parallel to Harlem)

Album Summary

>Nestico, Sammy Big Band : A Swingphonic Collection, for big band
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
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Notes & Reviews:

Perhaps no other musical style has exerted a greater influence on the culture of the first half of the 20th century than Jazz. This utterly American music travelled to every corner of the globe: from Shanghai to St. Petersburg; from New Orleans to New Dehli, from Harlem to well... Haarlem. While classical composers embraced the rhythmic vitality and melodic freedom of their own compositions, others sought to legitimize Jazz in the concert hall including: Debussy, Stravinsky, Hindemith and Shostakovich and of course Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
They blast a path through a live concert programme where decibel and frenzy levels keep hitting the ceiling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kulturpalast Dresden (07/17/2011).

The phrase "German swing" may still cause a few hairs to stand up on the back of the neck, but this competent release is more the product of African-British conductor Wayne Marshall than of the massed forces of the venerable Dresden Philharmonic (strings only) and the Southwest German Radio Big Band ("one of the best big bands in the world," the booklet proclaims in German; the English offers the slightly more defensive "without doubt one of the best big bands in the world"). Marshall, who has been active as a conductor, pianist, and organist, has delivered several unorthodox but intriguing readings of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He favors a quick, unsentimental approach that makes much of the small details in the work's transitions, and he finds an unexpected variety of them. The other two works on the album are much less familiar and are designed to take advantge specifically of the combined forces of orchestra and jazz band. The unknown "Nestico" appearing on the cover next to Gershwin and Ellington is Sammy Nestico, who worked with Count Basie and later published large numbers of arrangements for school groups in a variety of configurations. A Swingphonic Collection is a septet of popular song arrangements, and they're delightful: the balance among tune, band, and orchestra is expertly handled, with each contributing its distinctive self without weighing the music down. Perhaps the weak point is Ellington's Harlem, a suite from the year 1950 presented here in its usually performed version by Maurice Peress. The work's history is an involved one, and it was apparently included because of the album's crossover theme; the work was commissioned by, of all people, the octogenarian Arturo Toscanini, and premiered by the NBC Symphony. But it has been recorded a number of times before, and there are other extended works by Ellington that might have served as well or better. A major plus is Southwest German Radio's live sound, which hits just the right brassy, brash note. Worthwhile for aficionados of symphonic jazz and its influence in Europe. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Nestico, Sammy Big Band : A Swingphonic Collection, for big band
  • Performers: Axel Kuhn; Klaus Wagenleiter (Piano); Marc Godfroid (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  • Performers: Pierre Paquette (Clarinet); Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Running Time: 19 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
  • Performers: Karl Farrent (Trumpet); Marc Godfroid (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Running Time: 15 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Live