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Wgasa Jam

by Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra

Modern Big Band Jazz with some World Music elements featuring guest artists Bob Sheppard, Bill Watrous and Gilbert Castellanos.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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1. Wgasa Jam (feat. Bob Sheppard)
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2. Got the Basie Feelin'
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6:46 $0.99
3. Vulcan Worlds
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7:53 $0.99
4. Samba Del Sol (feat. Bill Watrous)
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5:04 $0.99
5. Song of the Ainu (feat. Bob Sheppard)
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12:09 $0.99
6. Astral Dance
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5:33 $0.99
7. What Is This Thing Called Love?
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4:15 $0.99
8. Dana Point (feat. Gilbert Castellanos)
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9. Winter's Eve
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10. Coronado Bridge
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11. The Young Turquoise
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Album Notes
The Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra
Wgasa Jam

Bob Sheppard (tracks 1,5)
Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Christopher Hollyday
Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Dick McGuane
Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute
Steve Steinberg
Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Bob Campbell
Tenor Sax, Flute
Chuck Phillips
Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet
Bill Watrous (Track 4)
Scott Kyle
Scott Whitfield (all except 8,10)
Kevin Esposito
Roger Wright
Bass Trombone
Brad Steinwehe
Trumpet, Fluglehorn
Doug Meeuwsen
Trumpet, Fluglehorn
Jon Papenbrook (tracks 1,3,7,8,10,11)
Trumpet, Fluglehorn
Greg Beck
Trumpet, Fluglehorn
Karl Soukup (tracks 2,4,5,6,9)
Trumpet, Fluglehorn, Keyboard (track 1)
Ella Steinberg
Trumpet, Fluglehorn
Mike Holguin
Justin Grinnell
Acoustic and Electric Bass
Irving Flores
Piano, Keyboards
Bob Boss (tracks 2,3,4,5,11)
Deborah Avery (tracks 4,5)
Oboe, Flute, Bass Clarinet
John Lorge (tracks 4,5,6)
French Horn
Tommy Aros (tracks 1,4,5,8,10)
Ernie Becquer (tracks 1,4,5,8,10)

1. Wgasa Jam (Karl Soukup)
Bob Sheppard -Soprano Sax
Brad Steinwehe -Trumpet
Mike Holguin -Drums

2. Got The Basie Feelin (Neal Finn)
Greg Beck -Trumpet
Bob Campbell -Tenor Sax

3. Vulcan Worlds (Stanley Clarke arr. Adam Bravo)
Steve Steinberg -Tenor Sax
Justin Grinnell -Bass
Irving Flores -Keyboard

4. Samba Del Sol (Dave Scott arr. Irving Flores)
Bill Watrous -Trombone

5. Song Of The Ainu (Brad Steinwehe arr. Scott Whitfield)
Brad Steinwehe -Fluglehorn
Bob Sheppard -Tenor Sax
Scott Whitfield -Trombone
Deborah Avery -Oboe

6. Astral Dance (Karl Soukup)
Steve Steinberg -Tenor Sax

7. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter arr. Walter Simonsen)
Kevin Esposito -Trombone
Scott Kyle -Trombone
Scott Whitfield -Trombone

8. Dana Point (Irving Flores)
Gilbert Castallanos -Trumpet
Christopher Hollyday -Alto Sax
Irving Flores -Piano

9. Winter's Eve (Karl Soukup)
Scott Kyle -Trombone

10. Coronado Bridge (Irving Flores)
Bridge "commuters": Flores, Steinwehe (muted trumpet), Steinwehe, Campbell, Esposito, Papenbrook, S. Steinberg (soprano sax), Kyle, Meeuwsen, McGuane (flute), Esposito, Papenbrook, Phillips, Kyle, Beck, Hollyday, Grinnell, Steinwehe, Flores, Holguin

11. The Young Turquoise (Adam Bravo)
Steve Steinberg -Tenor Sax
Dick McGuane -Soprano Sax
Christopher Hollyday -Alto Sax
Brad Steinwehe -Trumpet

Produced by: Brad Steinwehe
Associate Producer: Scott Kyle
Recorded at Bill Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, Ca., July 21&22, 2011
Head Engineer: John Hendrikson
Mixing Engineer: Talley Sherwood
Mastering: Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Co.
Cover Art: Tipper Phillips

Special thanks to Ray Steinwehe, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Yeager, Rey Vinole, Peter Sprague, Eric Astor, Mario Gonzalez, Adam Bravo, Channing Booth, John Hendrikson, Bill Schnee, Kenton Fukuda, Benny Hollman, Sammy Nestico, Tommy Aros, Scott Whitfield, Dave Scott, Bill Watrous, Bob Sheppard, Gilbert Castallanos, Greg Beck, Fred Biven, Bob Payne and Ernie Becquer.

This recording is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Joan Steinwehe.

Wgasa Jam: This song is named after the now decommissioned Wgasa Bush Line at The San Diego Wild Animal Park. The urban legend is that when they were meeting and discussing what to call the train someone said "who gives a $#!+ anyway", which led to WGASA Bush Line. Written by Karl Soukup, this is a West African Highlife Groove.

Got the Basie Feelin: I have always admired and loved the Basie sound and wanted something like that on the album. I am particularly proud of the band's hushed pre shout passage, our homage to the great Basie Band.

Vulcan Worlds: Return to Forever has always been my favorite Jazz Fusion Group and Stanley Clarke's Vulcan Worlds works well in the big band setting. Terrific arrangement by Adam Bravo, featuring some superb solo work from Steve Steinberg, Justin Grinnell and Irving Flores.

Samba Del Sol: I remember listening to Bill Watrous in high school and thinking to myself, that's impossible, nobody can play trombone like that. I am so proud to have his work on this project. Written by Dave Scott (Local San Diego area KUSI weatherman) and arranged by Irving Flores, this is a Samba Voz Alta written with a beautiful melody.

Song of the Ainu: The Ainu are an ethnic minority who live in the Northern Islands of Japan. There are only a few thousand of them left who actually speak Ainu. I adapted one of the Ainu songs I heard on PBS to a jazz format, excellent solo work from Bob Sheppard and Scott Whitfield while Tommy Aros and Ernie Becquer provide just the right amount of atmospheric percussion work. Also listen for Deborah Avery on oboe and the powerful drumming of Mike Holguin.

Astral Dance: Karl Soukup penned this tune which features Steve Steinberg. The orchestrational colors on this composition are colorful and tightly voiced with muted trumpets and horn work from John Lorge.

What is this Thing Called Love?: The Cole Porter classic, features the trombone section. A terrific arrangement by Walter Simonsen, with the "Here's Johnny!" quote at the end.

Dana Point: Stellar trumpeter Gilbert Castallanos takes the spotlight for a couple of choruses, followed up by the high flying alto sax of Christopher Hollyday. This track, was challenging, but well worth the effort. Great composition by Irving Flores, who describes the style as Songo Con Swing.

Winter's Eve: This lush ballad in the Kenton style features our lead trombonist Scott Kyle. Written by Karl Soukup.

Coronado Bridge: This Irving Flores composition features nearly the entire band at some point in the song. I view the individual solo vignettes as representing the wide variety of commuters driving over the Coronado Bridge, which spans The San Diego Bay connecting San Diego to the island city of Coronado. Written with elements of Baiou, Son Cubano and American Swing.

The Young Turquoise: Written by Adam Bravo, this tune has kind of a Thad and Mel shuffle feel ala Groove Merchant. Features a trio of saxes, Steve Steinberg, Dick McGuane and Christopher Hollyday, with a lead trumpet moment at the end. Named after Turquoise Street in Pacific Beach, CA.




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Pete G

5 saxes, 5 trombones, 5 trumpets says it all. Really enjoyed the Dizzy's gig. Huge Big Band Sounds, great arrangements and solid individual solos. Picked up your WGASA JAM CD. Excellent work from Bob Sheppard in particular.