The latest Orlando Jazz Orchestra (OJO) album "Chloe" was released this month (11/13) and I had the pleasure of joining the band for the recording session in June. I've yet to perform with the group, but I got in where it counts, similarly to Whit Sidener and KC, though not quite as lucrative I'm sure.
Anyway, the album is terrific, and sounds quite pristine especially considering the traditional recording method. This is certainly not a "frankensteined" recording, like so many that I've been a part of in the past.
The aesthetic of the band fits somewhere between Basie, Herman, maybe Buddy Rich, etc. Definitely some more "modern" elements but generally a very traditional big band style. Eight of the thirteen tracks were either composed, arranged, or transcribed by members of the band, and a couple more by local composers.
I'm briefly featured on "The Eagles Have Left The Building" which is the middle track in Matt McCarthy's "Serious Business Suite", which contains heavy traces of what I may call "mobster jazz". Very "film noir", sounds like it could be an alternate soundtrack to the Dick Tracy movie, or maybe Kung Fu Hustle. Matt can also be heard on a few trumpet solos throughout, as well as sharing the lead book a bit. Definitely a monster musician.
My favorite track without a doubt is Dave MacKenzie's "Hooloovoo" which is at times hauntingly beautiful, and others quite bluesy and raucous. It features Rex Wertz on the tenor throughout. Rex is one of those players that consistently crafts really compelling solos, even in the big band setting. We recorded a few takes of Hooloovoo, and each of Rex' solos/cadenzas was equally as musical as any other.
I was honored to be included in this fantastic album and only hope that my relationship with the OJO will continue to flourish! If you'd like more info on the album or if you'd be interested in purchasing, please follow this link to the AppleJazz Record Store.