Würzburg Jazz Orchestra cond. by Markus Geiselhart | Artistry in Rhythm - The Music of Stan Kenton - feat. Ed Partyka

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Artistry in Rhythm - The Music of Stan Kenton - feat. Ed Partyka

by Würzburg Jazz Orchestra cond. by Markus Geiselhart

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2. Fearless Finley Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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3. Lover Man Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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4. On the Street Where You Life Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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5. Malaguena Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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6. Opus in Pastels Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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7. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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8. Theme and Variations Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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9. Portrait of a Count Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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10. Walkin' Shoes Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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11. Pennies From Heaven Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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12. Intermission Riff Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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13. You Go to My Head Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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14. Limehouse Blues Würzburg Jazz Orchestra
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Liner Notes for Würzburg Jazz Orchestra - Artistry in Rhythm - The Music of Stan Kenton - feat. Ed Partyka:
In spring 2005 I founded the ‘Würzburg Jazz Orchestra’ (WJO), which was meant to be the
successor of the ‘Big Band der Jazzinitiative Würzburg’, for a special project namely the ‘Tribute
to Don Ellis feat Thomas Gansch’. Looking at it back now the development of the band has been
outstanding and, even for us, rather surprising. After the ‘Don Ellis’-concert and besides several
other performances, we experienced another heyday during the jazz festival in Würzburg 2005
when we performed the suite ‘Continental Call’, composed by Ed Partyka. Since January 2006
we have made regular guest appearances in ‘Würzburger Bockshorn’.
All these experiences and the positive critique have encouraged me and the band to continue. It
is an absolute pleasure introducing you to this Live-CD, which is our first contribution via a sound
carrier. Herewith, I would also like to promise to you that the WJO will do its best to still perform
extraordinary concerts and work on unique projects. However, for the time being,
I hope you will enjoy ‘Artristy in Rhythm – The Music of Stan Kenton’ and am looking forward to
greeting you at one of our up-coming concerts.
Markus Geiselhart – July 2006 Vienna, Austria
(founder and leader of the ‘Würzburg Jazz Orchestra’)

As everybody knows, Europe has now become the creative center for large ensemble in jazz
(big band to the more mature generation). Germany has developed an especially healthy big
band scene and one of the most exciting additions to the scene is the WJO.
What sets the WJO apart from the rest is the band’s ability to master a multitude of styles,
from the historical program presented on this recording through to very modern music written
specifically for the band. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the WJO on several occasions
and I’m always impressed with the tight section work, outstanding soloists, musicality and the
enthusiasm of Markus Geiselhart and the entire WJO.
I’m sure you’ll be equally impressed – enjoy!
Ed Partyka – July 2006 Vienna, Austria
(member of the ‘Vienna Art Orchestra’, bandleader, composer and Kenton-expert)

Line up:
reeds:
Johannes Geiß
Matthias Zippel
Jürgen Zimmermann
Ralf Frohnhöfer
Dirk Orend
trumpets:
Tobias Weidinger
Florian Jechlinger
Felix Jechlinger
Klaus Wangorsch
Florian Brandl
trombones:
Oliver Witzel
Markus Geiselhart
Ingo Kürten
Thomas Gussner
basstrombones:
Ingo Mertens
Ed Partyka
rhythmsection:
guitar: Michael Arlt
piano: Thomas Klopfer
bass: Felix Wiegand
drums: Uwe Breunig


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roy steinhouse

disappointing
I thought the solo playing,especially on trumpet ,was weak,the sound of the band was often muddled ,and in a few spots the drums were drowning out the melody lines.Maybe I was really expecting them to sound like Kenton !!

Jack Bowers, www.allaboutjazz.com

a very good band playing very good music at a fairly high level.
The Würzburg Jazz Orchestra, formed only two years ago by trombonist Markus Geiselhart, hit the ground running with a tribute to the late trumpeter Don Ellis and within a year had recorded its first album, Artistry in Rhythm, dedicated to the music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. It’s an ambitious start, and by most standards a good one as well.
While it is clear from the opening measure that this isn’t Stan Kenton, it is nonetheless a very good band playing very good music at a fairly high level. In other words, the WJO isn’t comprised of amateurs. Geiselhart, who has since moved to Vienna, Austria, but remains the orchestra’s leader, has his charges well-prepared for this concert performance, which not only includes compositions by Kenton but charts by Bill Holman, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Russo, Gerry Mulligan and even Bob Graettinger (“You Go to My Head,” on which the ensemble experiences its greatest hardships).
There are solo features for trumpeters Klaus Wangorsch (“Portrait of a Count”) and Florian Brandl (“Pennies from Heaven”), alto Johannes Geiss (“Lover Man”) and tenor Jürgen Zimmermann (“Eager Beaver,” “Malaguena”). Ed Partyka, a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra, among other well-known groups, is also “featured,” but only as a member of the trombone section, as he doesn’t solo.
The compositions by Kenton are “Eager Beaver” and “Opus in Pastels,” the last performed by the woodwinds and rhythm. Holman composed “Fearless Finlay” and “Theme and Variations,” Russo “23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West,” Mulligan “Walkin’ Shoes,” Ray Wetzel “Intermission Riff.” Completing the program are “On the Street Where You Live,” arranged by Niehaus, and “Limehouse Blues,” arranged by Holman.
Applause can be heard after the various solos, but for some inexplicable reason, Geiselhart and recording engineer Peter Klautzsch have seen fit to eliminate audience reaction at the end of almost every number, resulting in a series of abrupt and unsatisfactory endings. Aside from that unwarranted and avoidable misstep, there’s not much to complain about, even though the 49:46 playing time is less than one would wish. (One might also wish for Conte Candoli, Zoot Sims, Frank Rosolino, Shorty Rogers, Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper, Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, Shelly Manne, Milt Bernhart, Jack Sheldon, Stan Levey and a host of other Kenton stars of yesteryear, but that would be asking far too much.)
Although some die-hard Kenton purists may demur, this is on the whole a commendable effort to keep his music alive by a young but respectable orchestra from Western Europe.