One of the happiest things that happened to me in 2011 was being introduced to the music of Barbara Bruckmüller. Barbara is a young Austrian composer, arranger, and conductor who's been leading a big band in Vienna for the last several years. She's been following two related paths -- reimaging the music of jazz greats and her developing own funkified, rocked-out sounds. I wish I'd stumbled across her sooner.
This reworking of Duke Ellington's great hymn is terrific. I love it. I bet that you will, too.
Come Sunday: Written by Duke Ellington / arranged by Barbara Bruckmüller
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The Barbara Bruckmüller Big Band:
Soloists on "Come Sunday": Cédric Gschwind, tenor saxophone; Karl Sayer, bass.
Barbara Bruckmüller: composer, arranger
Andi See, Viola Falb, Cédric Gschwind, Martin Harms, Florian Fennes: saxophones
Andi Pranzl, Bastian Stein, Simon Plötzeneder: trumpets
Hermann Ebner, Michael Handler: French horns
Robert Bachner, Mario Vavti, Martin Grünzweig: trombones
Hepi Kohlich: piano
Peter Panayi: guitar
Karl Sayer: bass
Wolfgang Kendl: drums
Recorded at Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria, 3 January 2012.
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PS You can check out more of Barbara's music on her website, here.