Monday, August 03, 2009

More Charles Tolliver Big Band

Before Charles Tolliver had penguins marching, there was With Love from Blue Note/Mosaic, the first session recorded (in 2006) by his reconstituted big band, which features one of the swingingest versions of Monk's 'Round Midnight I've ever heard. Characterized by great ensemble play from a collection of veterans (Billy Harper, Craig Handy, Stanley Cowell, Cecil McBee, Victor Lewis) and a youngster or three (Robert Glasper), it is loaded kind of like the big bands of the '30s but sounds thoroughly 2000s.

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