And the Big Band Album of the Year for 2013 is... The debut recording of the Barbara Bruckmueller Big Band. Yes, 2013, and I'm only half joking.
I've been a fan of Barbara and her band for a couple of years. I love her sensibility as a composer. She's deeply embedded in the jazz tradition, but is by no means bound by it. Her compositions happily embrace other influences; the sounds that she creates are fresh, gorgeous, soulful. Not surprisingly, her band attracts fantastic musicians.
Barbara Bruckmueller Big Band, Vienna, Austria, August 2012.
In the video above, Barbara talks about her band's new album, which will be released in March 2013. I'm betting right now that it will be my favorite big band recording of the year.
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I've written about Barbara twice before. You can read those posts here and here and listen to a couple of terrific arrangements -- one is an original tune, the other is by Duke Ellington. Fine and funky playing, straight from Vienna, Austria.