From raunchy, driving rock to lush Gil Evans-like colors; from infectious swing to haunting ballads; and from impish humor to fluid Latin rhythms, this CD will give you the ultimate in jazz big band pleasure.
Ladd McIntosh has written some great stuff that appeals to all who enjoy good music well performed. His creativity and musicianship--which excel in these selections--will inspire you to listen again and again.
The Ladd McIntosh Big Band is comprised of outstanding Los Angeles pros who play these original compositions with enthusiasm, passion and excitement. The wonderful ensemble playing, the great soloists and the terrific rhythmic drive are palpable.
Throughout his career, Ladd has explored the many facets of big band arranging and composition. He has long admired the big bands of Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Gerald Wilson, Gerry Mulligan and others; and though all of these influences flow through his pen he has forged a unique style as evidenced by the music on this CD. There is a great variety of color and style in his writing, all of it top-notch.
MEMBERS OF THE LADD McINTOSH BIG BAND:
LADD McINTOSH, composer, conductor
Saxophones/Woodwinds: Fred Selden, Glen Garrett, Jim Snodgrass, Jon Crosse, Kurt McGettrick
Trumpets: Jon Papenbrook, Rick Baptist, Stan Watkins, Bob Summers, Sal Cracchiolo
Trombones: Eric Jorgensen, Bruce Fowler, George McMullen, Phil Teele
Rhythm Section: Dick Weller, drums; Jerry Watts, bass; Geoff Stradling, keyboards; Billy Hulting, percussion
Members of Ladd's band have played with the big bands of Brian Setzer, Bob Florence, Clayton/Hamilton, Gerald Wilson, Don Ellis, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Bill Holman, Toshiko Akioki, Nelson Riddle, Tex Beneke and Les Brown. Many have worked as back-up musicians on tours, recordings and in concerts with: Frank Sinatra, BB King, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Frank Zappa, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Paula Abdul, Bette Midler, Poncho Sanchez, Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., Oingo Boingo, Dizzy Gillespie, The Beach Boys, James Brown, The Supremes, Scott Henderson, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Dwight Yoakam, Diane Schuur, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Tom Petty, Paul Anka, The Temptations, Patti LaBelle, The Rippingtons, James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Some have played on hundreds of motion picture sound tracks and on the Academy Awards show as well as the Golden Globes.
For more information about Ladd and his big band, please visit www.laddmcintosh.com.