Guitarist, composer and arranger Matt White with his unique big band including Steven Bernstein, J.C. Kuhl, John Lilley, BobMiller, Reggie Pace, Bryan Hooten, &c.
Fight the Big Bull
All is Gladness in the Kingdom
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"Guitarist, composer and arranger Matt White is back with his unique big band, Fight the Big Bull. And he brings with him a very special guest, Steven Bernstein, who trumpets all the way, contributes with a couple of scores, is the co-arranger, and also the co-producer. We feel his presence in every corner of the music, but this is, undoubtedly, a project coming from White's creativity and vision.
Once again, there's direct or undirect references to Charles Mingus, and specially to the album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, but synthesized in a personal and up-to-date project. It goes from unison melodies to free playing very near organized chaos, and from groovy situations to contrapuntal marvels which certainly would make Bach proud. The good spirited, but ironic, "All is Gladness in the Kingdom" has a particularly interesting focus: the relations constructed between the reed/brass section (Jason Scott, J.C. Kuhl, John Lilley, Bernstein, Bob Miller, Reggie Pace, and Bryan Hooten), and Matt White's electric guitar, above a powerful rhythmic base sustained by the percussionists Brian Jones and Pinson Chanselle and by the contrabassist Cameron Ralston - in one track reinforced by Eddie Prendergast and his electric bass. Everything sounds like a machine going nuts, and that's wonderful."-Clean Feed
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 169
Squidco Product Code: 12670
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded February 20-24, 2009 by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios. Mixed February 25, April 13 and April 20, 2009 by Lance Koehler, Matthew White ad Steven Bernstein at Minimum Wage Studios.
Jason Scott-tenor saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone
J.C. Kuhl-tenor saxophone, clarinet
John Lilley-tenor saxophone
Steven Bernstein-trumpet, slide trumpet
Pinson Chanselle-trap kit
Eddie Prendergast-electric bass (track 7)
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