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Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band[CD]
"This auspicious debut recording by the Eyal Vilner Big Band lives up to the lofty praise heaped upon it, bringing to the public ear for the first time an important new voice preserving and advancing the jazz tradition." -Russ Musto, All About Jazz New York 'Fourteen of NYC's finest young musicians performing intriguing new arrangements of jazz standards and originals. A unique blend of traditional jazz music with new concepts, colors, and sounds!" -Scott Barbarino "...His talents for composing and arranging are outstanding!" -jazz legend, pianist Junior Mance "His big band is special in that, in addition to five reeds and a rhythm section, it has four, rather than eight, brass. "This combination of instruments gives the band the flexibility of a small group along with the power of a big band." His 14-piece band is filled with superior soloists who blend together effortlessly to achieve an identifiable group sound. But most impressive is Eyal's writing, which often voices the horns in inspired ways. He integrates individual lyrical lines for the musicians and harmonizes the horns in unique combinations, mixing together the different sections to create colorful and special sounds that are filled with surprises. During the past few years, the Eyal Vilner Big Band has been busy performing around the New York City scene, including at Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Iridium, Fat Cat, and the Garage. After performing a week at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, the band was ready to make it's recording debut. The band shows true understanding and respect to the tradition of jazz music while adding an interesting individual twist to it. This impressive debut album by one of New York's most exiting new groups certainly puts the Eyal Vilner Big Band on the map." -Scott Yanow, author of ten books including Swing, The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Record 1917-76, and Jazz On Film.
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