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Ken Schaphorst Big Band, Purple

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Ken Schaphorst Big Band, Purple

Audio CD

Disk ID: 262308

Disk length: 1h 12m 38s (9 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1998

Label: Unknown

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“Purple” Tracks & Durations

1. Uprising12:41
2. With You, Then Without 7:15
3. Blues Almighty 8:13
4. Jobim 7:39
5. Subterranean 9:27
6. Purple 6:14
7. Bats 5:07
8. My Island 7:09
9. Bounce 8:47

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Review

In the shrinking jazz economies, big bands are the first to fade. But Ken Schaphorst has held his aggregate defiantly together through thin times in Boston and even from afar once he moved to Wisconsin. So it is that this fabulous session captures at once a gelled unit of likeminded players (including past collaborators Doug Yates on reeds, Dave Ballou and Cuong Vu on trumpets, Curtis Hasselbring on tombone, Uri Caine on piano), and a collection of musicians who all straddle the mainstream and increasingly fluid avant-garde. Schaphorst's music captures the Ellingtonian spirit of using the orchestra as an instrument, as the band tackles sudden shifts and starts with aplomb. These are tunes that revel in the possible combinations of brass, reeds, piano, and rhythm, often charging into a swinging section and then out into a calm pool of guitar-strummed backing. With complex, large-ensemble music, band members can stumble over each other, and this 19-piece orchestra's ability to dance all over Schaphorst's fine compositions is testament to both the group's accomplished core and the composer's excellent chops. --Andrew Bartlett