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A Cool Breeze


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The SWR Big Band’s unique reputation for experimentation, collaboration and prioritization may at first appear surprising, but the ensemble’s creative powers have earned it four Grammy nominations in the past. Its independent character combines deep roots in the swing and bop tradition with an open-minded approach to contemporary sounds, plus a thrilling sense of fun in performance. Recent guests such as guitarist Larry Carlton and composer/singer Ivan Lins have been able to contribute to this mix; similarly the entertainer Curtis Stigers and master guitarist Pat Metheny, not to mention the composer and arranger Sammy Nestico, one of the constants in the world of American music since the 1950s. This friendly, white-haired gentleman from Pittsburgh has repeatedly crossed paths with the SWR Big Band. Recordings such as No Time Like The Present (2004), Basie-Cally Sammy (2005), Fun Time (2009) and Fun Time and More- Live (2011), made a key contribution to raising international awareness of Nestico’s late creative phases. “Beautiful things never disturb” is a motto that Nestico adopted while working with Count Basie, enabling him to leave prevailing fashions behind. The music he wrote for the SWR Big Band sports both funky sounds and elements of fusion, combining swing, a pinch of soul and an emotional orchestral expression. The music moves artfully between reduced combo sounds and opulent textures. The compositional intensity goes far beyond the printed score, a creative mastery that baritone saxophonist Pierre Paquette sums up with saying, “Sammy is the boss!” This sense of mutual understanding was created during the decade-plus period of collaboration between the composer and the orchestra, a collaboration built not only on notes, but also on intuition.
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Item number SWR19039CD
Barcode 747313903986
Release date 6/9/2017
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label SWR MUSIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Orchestra SWR Big Band
Disc: 1
Cell Talk00:04:00
1 Cell Talk 00:04:03 Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Along Came Betty00:05:00
2 Along Came Betty 00:05:02 Godfroid, Marc Wagenleiter, Klaus Maile, Andreas Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
A Cool Breeze00:05:00
3 A Cool Breeze 00:05:32 Kühn, Axel Schöpfer, Klaus-Peter Wagenleiter, Klaus Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Conversation Piece00:05:00
4 I'll Follow My Secret Heart 00:04:49 Kühn, Axel Godfroid, Marc Reichstaller, Claus Wagenleiter, Klaus Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Shirley (Live)00:03:00
5 Shirley 00:04:12 Wagenleiter, Klaus Badila, Decebal Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Close Enough for Love00:05:00
6 Close Enough for Love 00:04:35 Graf, Klaus Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Moonlight on the Ganges00:04:00
7 Moonlight on the Ganges 00:03:50 Maile, Andreas Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Frankie and Johnny00:05:00
8 Frankie & Johnny 00:05:22 Farrent, Karl Cumming, Ian Paquette, Pierre Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
The Big Shaw Movement00:05:00
9 Poor Butterfly 00:05:22 Godfroid, Marc Reichstaller, Claus Wagenleiter, Klaus Maile, Andreas Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
'Round Midnight00:04:00
10 'Round Midnight 00:03:39 Reichstaller, Claus Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Tippin' In00:04:00
11 Tippin' In 00:04:01 Wagenleiter, Klaus Badila, Decebal Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
Toni00:04:00
12 Toni 00:05:28 Wagenleiter, Klaus Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band Erlewein, Matthias
Softly From My Window00:04:00
13 Softly from My Window 00:03:40 Farrent, Karl Schöpfer, Klaus-Peter Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
The Jazz Music Box00:05:00
14 The Jazz Music Box 00:05:11 Kühn, Axel Farrent, Karl Graf, Klaus Hutter, Ernst Nestico, Sammy SWR Big Band
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