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When It Matters

by Quintessence Jazz Orchestra

A beautiful debut "little big band" recording by an all star group of musicians from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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3. When It Matters
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4. A Gift from Antonio Carlos
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Album Notes
The Quintessence Jazz Orchestra plays modern improvisationally-based jazz music. In this their debut album, they perform a diversity of recent jazz materials from a variety of modern composers and arrangers. The album takes its name “When It Matters” from the beautiful song of the same name composed by Bob Meyer. The orchestra, led by baritone saxophonist Bill Atchley, is a nonet composed of 3 saxes, 3 brass and 3 rhythm players, This “little big band” performs with the powerful and cohesive sound of a full jazz big band, but the spontaneity and looseness of a small group. The word Quintessence refers, in this instance, to the purest and most concentrated essence of music . With regard to their repertoire, the group performs a variety of styles and genres, all filtered through modern 21st century jazz sensibilities. The members of Quintessence are from the the Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill region of North Carolina and play concerts and other venues on the East Coast.


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Michael Pelz-Sherman

Review by Owen Cordle from the NC News and Observer
"Bill Atchley, a saxophonist and retired N.C. State University genetics professor, has put together several bands over the years, the latest of which is his nine-piece Quintessence Jazz Orchestra. With an instrumentation of three saxophones (Atchley plays baritone), three brass (trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone) and three rhythm (piano, bass and drums), the group echoes bands of similar size that became popular with the advent of cool jazz (or West Coast jazz) during the 1950s. "When It Matters," produced by Atchley, is sunny, optimistic and rhythmically agile.

The album benefits from excellent commercial arrangements by Bob Meyer, Dan Higgins and Tom Kubis. Fluid melody lines and counterlines, tight chord voicings and swinging rhythms dominate, recalling West Coast composers and arrangers Shorty Rogers and Marty Paich. Tenor saxophonist Glen Ingram is the chief soloist; his playing is a lesson in thoughtful melodic content, emotional purpose and engaging rhythmic flow and variety. He scores strongly on the title cut, a lovely cinematic ballad by Meyer. Elsewhere, pianist Michael Pelz-Sherman, flugelhorn player Eddie Thigpen and trombonist Dave Wright shine in the solo spotlight. Jerry Bowers handles the lead trumpet duties with clarity and assurance. Other members of the band include alto saxophonist Larry Marynak, bassist Steve Boletchek and drummer Bob Jackson, who stretches out on Jim Martin's arrangement of Neal Hefti's "Cute."

The Quintessence Jazz Orchestra performs Saturday at Marsh Woodwinds, 707 N. Person St., Raleigh for its CD release party. For more information, see www.atchleyjazz.org/ quintessence ."

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/06/1618853/quintessence-is-sunny-agile.html"