„Barbara’s writing has so much imagination and sophistication. She has instantly become one of my favorite composers and arrangers, and I look forward to watching her rise to stardom in the music world. She’s one of the very best.” - Christian McBride
"For as long as I can remember the Big Band Sound cast a spell on me. I was fascinated by the energy and the rhythm that came from the swingbands and dance orchestras of the 30ties and 40ties. Later, in the course of my jazz piano studies, the music of Gil Evans, Stan Kenton, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider (and many others) came to my attention and I discovered, that a Big Band not only lives from its power but also offers a wide and deep range of sounds.
My first compositions and arrangements arose during my studies and meanwhile one can find a bunch of music lying on my desktop making a plea to be played finally. So it was time to found my own Big Band with my favourite musicians to arouse the written score." - Barbara Bruckmueller
"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. (...) I'm betting right now that it will be my favorite big band recording of the year.(...) Fine and funky playing, straight from Vienna, Austria." - John Edwin Mason
Personnel: Composer, Arranger, Conductor: Barbara Bruckmueller Woodwinds: Andreas See (lead, sopran sax, alto sax, flute), David Mayrl (alto sax, flute), Cédric Gschwind (tenor sax, clarinet), Martin Harms (tenor sax, clarinet), Florian Fennes (bariton), Trumpets: Junior Galante (lead), Simon Plötzeneder, Bastian Stein, French horn: Fabian Zangl, Trombones: Mario Vavti (lead), Robert Bachner (trombone, valve trombone on track 8), Martin Grünzweig (bass trombone) Guitar: Peter Panayi (on track 1, 3, 7, 8, 9) Piano: Hepi Kohlich Bass: Paulo Cardoso Drums: Fabian Rösch E-Bass: Rue Kostron (on track 9)
Produced by Barbara Bruckmüller and BICOLORIOUS MUSIC RECORDS * Recorded at Porgy & Bess, 1010 Vienna, Austria - August 3rd and 4th, 2012 * Studio: Martin Vetters, 1010 Vienna; Engineer: Patrick Maurer * Mixed & masterd at: clipwerk, 1060 Vienna, Austria; Engineer: Christoph Burgstaller