Randy Brecker & NDR BigBand- The Hamburg Jazz Orchestra
w/ David Sanborn, Ada Rovatti, Wolfgang Haffner
This amazing CD came to fruition after 2 successful tours finding Randy Brecker fronting the NDR BigBand, (The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra), with Arranger Jörg Achim Keller conducting his arrangements of Randy Brecker compositions from different periods of Randy's career. The tours were so well received that the "higher-ups" in the NDR organization gave the green-light to record everything in a studio situation. Jörg's idea was to have the original 3 horn front line of the Brecker Brothers Band augmented by the NDR BigBand with an extended woodwind section featuring double reeds like oboe and bassoon, and extensive woodwind doubling like bass clarinets and flutes etc for coloring. Original Brecker Brothers Band front line member, alto saxophonist David Sanborn was brought in, along with Ada Rovatti on tenor and soprano saxophones, and world famous drummer Wolfgang Haffner. Ada Rovatti (Randy's wife) has been a member of the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion since its inception, has had a successful recording career of her own, and has continued the tradition of 'saxophonistic excellence' in the Brecker family. The end results are wonderfully organic big band arrangements which don't alter the conception of the original ideas behind Randy Brecker's compositions, but add to it in a most refreshing way. Along with the other incredible soloists who are regular members of the NDR BigBand, this CD is one that will stand the test of time. Have fun listening, there is never a dull moment!
…"Of course, it’s spectacular"...
..."Randy’s writing is among the best”…
…"Brecker at 70-something seems to have lost none of his range as a soloist and is joined prominently in the spotlight here by his wife the saxophonist Ada Rovatti and by old colleague David Sanborn"…
“Nominative determinism was never so much in evidence as in the title for this new album by Randy Brecker. He rocks. And rocks hard.”
“ it’s an exciting, edge-of-the-seat, knock-your-socks-off mortar bomb of sound”
review by Rob Mallows for LondonJazzNews.com