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PLANET ARTS RECORDINGS​​BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS​JIM MCNEELY AND THE FRANKFURT RADIO BIG BAND

PLANET ARTS RECORDINGS​​BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS​JIM MCNEELY AND THE FRANKFURT RADIO BIG BAND

February 17, 2018

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PLANET ARTS RECORDINGS
​​BAREFOOT DANCES AND OTHER VISIONS
​JIM MCNEELY AND THE FRANKFURT RADIO BIG BAND



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Barefoot Dances and Other Visions is a seven-part suite composed in 2014 for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Each piece expresses a different kind of fantasy. We performed it live in two concerts in Frankfurt February ’14, then recorded it in the studio in September of that year.

When I wrote this music I had been working with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band for about six years, so I knew the players quite well. The suite was written so that every one of the band’s soloists is placed in a framework that would be both familiar and challenging. Each piece features a pair of soloists, playing individually, sometimes together. Several of the pieces begin with a chamber-sized group, “in front of the curtain”. Then the curtain rises to reveal the whole band, having assumed yet another formation.

Bob’s Here imagines the return of composer/trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, who died in 2011. Black Snow conjures up the vision of a normally tranquil scene, still tranquil but rendered improbably dark. Barefoot Dances are just that, something I’ve never actually done in my life. A Glimmer of Hope tries its best to be optimistic, a difficult task these days. Redman Rides Again imagines the return of the arranger/reedman Don Redman. Among other things he was known for writing fantastic clarinet trios. This piece features a real clarinet trio, and a second “trio” formed by Oliver Leicht and his harmonized clarinet. Falling Upwards: try as I may, I still find it impossible. The Cosmic Hodge-Podge offers a vision of the cosmos where galaxies are replaced by blocks of sound; super novas become solo explosions; and a single black hole emerges at the end, emitting just a smidgen of light.     Jim McNeely


PLANET ARTS RECORDINGS

Barefoot Dances and Other Visions Jim McNeely and the
Frankfurt Radio Big Band
UPC #: 820428-301721

Catalog #: 301721

RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2018 
 

THE MUSIC

01. Bob ́s Here – 10:16
Christian Jaksjö, valve trombone Martin Scales, guitar

02. Black Snow – 10:20
Martin Auer, flugelhorn

03. Barefoot Dances – 6:51
Günter Bollmann, trombone

Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn, soprano saxophone

04. A Glimmer of Hope – 8:01
Rainer Heute, baritone saxophone Manfred Honetschläger, bass trombone

05. Redman Rides Again – 8:45 Axel Schlosser, flugle horn

Oliver Leicht, clarinet

06. Falling Upwards – 7:59 Peter Reiter, piano

Steffen Weber, tenor saxophone Jean Paul Höchstädter, drums

07. The Cosmic Hodge-Podge – 12:25 Thomas Heidepriem, bass

Tony Lakatos, tenor saxophone Axel Schlosser, trumpet 
 

Recorded: September 9 to 12 2014, Hörfunkstudio II, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main

Mixed: July 2015, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main

Mastered: October 2017, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main

Produced by Olaf Stötzler
Recording Producer (Recording/Editing/Mixing/Mastering): Axel Gutzler Recording Engineer: Michael Wayszak

Cover Art: Terry Lamacchia, www.terrylamacchia.weebly.com
Cover Art Photography: David Corrigan, www.davecorriganphotography.com Package Design: Valerie Trucchia, www.valerietrucchia.com

This project has been supported by a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program 
 

CONTACT: Thomas Bellino 917 699 5339 planetarts@gmail.com

 

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