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A Tribute To The Clarke - Boland Big Band (vinyl)

BuJazzO

A Tribute To The Clarke - Boland Big Band (vinyl)

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Format: LP 12inch
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917140026
Catnr: DMCHR 71400
Release date: 03 February 2023
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Double Moon Records
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DMCHR 71400
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03 February 2023
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The Federal Jazz Orchestra, abbreviated and affectionately named BuJazzO by many, pays tribute to the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band on its new CD. The legendary international ensemble existed from 1961 to 1972 in Cologne and was led by American drummer Kenny Clarke and Belgian pianist, composer and arranger Francy Boland.

The Clarke-Boland Big Band was formed on the initiative of Pierluigi “Gigi” Campi, who was born in Italy and lived in Cologne as well as promoted and produced the band. Campi's estate contained several boxes full of original notes from the Clarke-Boland Big Band, which Campi's family bequeathed to the Federal Jazz Orchestra. Two years ago, the orchestra devoted itself to this treasure. Trombonist Jiggs Whigham, who led the Federal Jazz Orchestra from 2011 to 2020 together with saxophonist Niels Klein, chose the repertoire. After an intensive rehearsal phase, the Federal Jazz Orchestra gave twelve concerts in Germany, from whose recordings the CD is composed.

“The Clarke-Boland Big Band was an international jazz orchestra at its best,” Jiggs Whigham said who is still enthusiastic about the orchestra. He lived in Cologne at the time and played with the band several times. “The mood in the band was always full of optimism, which was also due to the fact that most of the musicians were friends. There was a party atmosphere in this band every day.”

Providing a testimonial to this ensemble makes sense, because the Clarke-Boland Big Band was not only a gathering of exquisite soloists, but also thrived thanks to its leaders. American drummer Kenny Clarke, who was a founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet and had played in various bands of Miles Davis, had lived in France since 1956. With his characteristic drumming, for which a penetrating beat on a large cymbal was indispensable, he relentlessly drove the band forward. Belgian pianist Francy Boland, who worked as an arranger in Paris and wrote for Count Basie and Benny Goodman in New York, was responsible for the Clarke-Boland Big Band's repertoire. He tended to compose songs extremely carefully, and consequently his style shaped the sound of the band.

“Boland’s compositions had that certain Francy touch, just fantastic,” Jiggs Whigham stated with enthusiasm. “He never composed too much either, as far as I know. His motto was: Let the musicians play, that's our concept. He knew exactly what his musicians could play, and that’s why it sounds so good.”

The Clarke-Boland Big Band, which began in the ice cream parlor of Gigi Campi as an octet and later grew to 21 members, quickly found an international audience, went on numerous tours and recorded 24 albums over twelve years.

The Federal Jazz Orchestra has now taken up this repertoire and provides an extensive cross-section through the great variety of the Clarke-Boland Big Band. In addition to Boland’s own compositions such as the cooking “Griff’s Groove”, the beautiful ballad “November Girl” and the artful “African Seeds”, his arrangements of standards such as “Dancing In The Dark”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and the blues “The JAMFs Are Coming” by Johnny Griffin are characterized by a high degree of originality.

“Francy takes this old standard ‘You Stepped Out Of A Dream’ and turns it into something completely new,” Jiggs Whigham explained. “It’s alive, and you hear pure sounds.”

Since the members of the Federal Jazz Orchestra are constantly changing, despite it already existing for more than 30 years, the band can be attested a kind of eternal youth. It is fascinating to hear how this ensemble of young musicians, who are between 17 and 24 years old, appropriates the musical cosmos of the Clarke-Boland Big Band and skillfully brings this music, which is now almost 60 years old, into the present. The multi-award-winning ensemble sets a vital and pulsating monument to the Clarke-Boland Big Band.

Das Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO) ist eine weltweit ziemlich einzigartige Institution. Das Orchester wurde gegründet, um junge Jazzmusiker - bis zum Alter von 24 Jahren - nach dem Ausscheiden aus den Schulorchestern, Jugendmusikschulen etc. zu fördern. Bewerber können nach einem erfolgreichen Probespiel für bis zu zwei Jahre Mitglied werden. Das Programm des BuJazzO ist in so genannten "Arbeitsphasen" organisiert. Während einer Arbeitsphase erarbeiten die Mitglieder des Orchesters unter Anleitung von professionellen Musikern/Pädagogen ein komplettes Konzertrepertoire.

Die meiste Zeit seines Bestehens wurde das BuJazzO von dem Posaunisten Peter Herbolzheimer geleitet (1988-2006). Seit 2009 wird die Band von Keyboarder Mike Herting geleitet.

Das BuJazzO spielte fast 400 Konzerte und besuchte zwanzig Länder. Die Musik des Orchesters ist auf zahlreichen CDs und in einer speziellen BuJazzO-Reihe (Volumes 1-6) dokumentiert.

Das Bundesjazzorchester ist Preisträger des Frankfurter Musikpreises 2018 und ECHO JAZZ Preisträger 2012. 2010 erhielt das Ensemble den Jazzpreis des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, 1997 den Deutschen Musikpreis.

Zu den Alumni des BuJazzO gehören u.a. der Trompeter Till Brönner, der Pianist Frank Chastenier, der Vibraphonist Christopher Dell, die Pianistin Julia Hülsmann, der Pianist Hubert Nuss, der Sänger Michael Schiefel, der Trompeter Chris Walden, der Saxophonist Peter Weniger, der Bassist Martin Wind, der Posaunist Nils Wogram und der junge Pianist Michael Wollny.

Quelle: Rateyourmusic

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“If it weren’t for BuJazzO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” (Till Brönner) 'BuJazzO is a dream band for any composer/conductor.' (John Hollenbeck) The Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO for short) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. The most talented musicians of the next generation come together with renowned pedagogues and conductors to form an ensemble that strives for musical excellence. Originally founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is known today as the meeting point for the next generation of talented jazz musicians in Germany. The artistic director team of Prof. Niels Klein and Prof. Ansgar Striepens work together closely alongside guest directors, to prepare, rehearse, and perform regular new programmes, both inside and outside Germany. With...
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“If it weren’t for BuJazzO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” (Till Brönner)

"BuJazzO is a dream band for any composer/conductor." (John Hollenbeck)

The Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO for short) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. The most talented musicians of the next generation come together with renowned pedagogues and conductors to form an ensemble that strives for musical excellence. Originally founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is known today as the meeting point for the next generation of talented jazz musicians in Germany.
The artistic director team of Prof. Niels Klein and Prof. Ansgar Striepens work together closely alongside guest directors, to prepare, rehearse, and perform regular new programmes, both inside and outside Germany. With few exceptions, the young musicians, ranging in age from 17 to 24, study at German and international music conservatories. During their time in the orchestra, the musicians are accompanied by an impressive faculty of jazz professionals, who, in addition to giving instrument-specific instruction, support the young musicians musically as well as professionally, offering connections to their networks and providing optimal conditions for their growth.
After a successful audition, each member remains in the orchestra for up to two years. This allows for the next generation of new talent to join what has become an important stepping stone in the jazz scene towards a successful career. Amongst the approximately 900 alumni of the orchestra are such prominent musicians as Till Brönner, Roger Cicero, Tom Gaebel, Julia Hülsmann, Frederik Köster, Robert Landfermann, Matthias Schriefl, Sebastian Sternal, Peter Weniger, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, and Nils Wülker.
The project is generously funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the West German Broadcasting (WDR), the German performers’ copyright society GVL, and Mercedes-Benz Group AG. In addition, the participants contribute financially through co-payments.
The Bundesjazzorchester is the winner of the Frankfurt Music Award 2018 and the ECHO JAZZ Award 2012. In 2012, the ensemble was awarded the West German Broadcasting Jazz Award, and won the German Music Award in 1997.


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