Chris Walden Big Band: Home of My Heart (2005)
The disc is very much a traditional big band outingarrangers like Bob Belden and Don Sebesky come to mind for comparisonsfull of interesting song choices. The set opens with the classic "Cherokee," bright and sassy, followed by some cool and subtle harmonies on Christopher Cross's "Rainy Day in Vancouver." Dave Gruisin's "Mullholland Falls," Charlie Haden's "Here's Looking At You," a great jazzed-up version of John Williams' "Star Wars"; and vocalist Tierney Sutton sits in on Gershwin's "How Long has This Been Going On."
And much more. This is 77 minutes of music, consistently fine sounds all the way, with a very cinematic feel. The highlights for me are Walden's own compositions, "Film Noir parts 1-3," and the title tune. Here's hoping for continued success for Walden in his film work, so he can bankrollnobody makes money at these big band thingsa big band disc of all his own material.
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Track Listing: Cherokee, Rainy Day in Vancouver, Film Noir, pt. 1, Film Noir, pt. 2, Film Noir, pt. 3, Mullholland Falls, Here's Looking At You, Star Wars, Home of My Heart, Feet First, Here's That Rainy Day, How Long Has This Been Going On?, Nonino, You Took Advantage of Me, Stolen Moments, Dr. Stefen Frank
Personnel: Saxophones--Jeff Driskill, Brian Scanlon, Pete Christlieb, Brandon Fields, Bob Shepard, Rick Keller,Tom Peterson; Trumpets--Wayne Bergeron, Roger Ingram, Carl Saunders Kye Palmer, ron King, Kevin Richardson, Bobby Shew; Tombones--Bob mcChesney, Alex IlesBruce Otto, Jacques Voyemant, Arturo Velasco, Bryant Byers, Rich Bullock; Rhythm--guitar: Mitch Holder, Christopher Cross on "Rainy Day in Vancouver"; Piano--Alan Steinberger; bass--Dave Carpenter; drumsPeter Erskine, tony Pia; percussion--M.B. Gordy; accordion on "Nonino"--Frank Morocco
Record Label: Origin Records
Style: Big Band