Dave Albert – Brian Hobbs
Together again- for the first time; that could also be the title of this album. Dave Albert and Brian Hobbs have been best friends since 7th grade when they met in the band program in Elizabeth City, NC under Scott C. Callaway. They formed their own jazz group and started performing concerts of original songs when they were 17 and were also roommates at the Berklee College of Music. This first album is a dream come true.
This is what people are saying about the ALBERT- HOBBS BIG BAND:
"My father (Buddy Rich) would be thrilled that his legacy is living on through great music and bands such as this"- Cathy Rich.
"The Albert-Hobbs Big Band is terrific! Fine imaginative arrangements and first rate ensemble work and quality soloists all add up to a really enjoyable album. Dave Albert's strong supportive drumming adds a great deal to the over-all "good-feel" and he plays a killer solo on Juggernaut. The sound quality is absolutely great...these cats are some SERIOUS players. Congrats!"- Ed Shaughnessy (Tonight Show Band, Doc Severinson Band)
"The band is clean and tight, harmonies are really together, solos are hot and the drums on Juggernaut are fabulous. Congratulations. That's one monster swingin' band."- Butch Miles (Count Basie Orchestra, Buthc Miles Jazz Express)
The album features original compositions and arrangements by Brian Hobbs. In addition to Albert on drums and Hobbs on keyboards, the band is made up of some of the top musicians in Sweden including Wojtek Goral, Patrik Skogh, Staffan Findin, Jan Adefelt, Tom Beimel, Mikael Berg Andersson, Andy Pfeiler, Mikko Paavola, Christer Jansson, and special guest vocalist, Peter Getz.
Cover design: Mats Uneland
Photos: Lauren McDonald
Mixed by Marcus "Black" Sjöberg
Mastered by Ron Boustead at Resolution Mastering