#3609: Music for Big Bands

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From Bjork’s sleeper hit, “It’s Oh So Quiet” from the 1990’s, to much more recent big band recordings, like that of the German-based Monika Roscher Bigband, listen to horns a-plenty in clever arrangements on this New Sounds.  Roscher is a German electric guitarist, singer, and big band leader, of an atypical big band, which sometimes incorporates more exciting, innovative possibilities that might have come from techno or punk.  Roscher says of her 18-piece band, “We’re experimental, and a bit weird. It can be a shock, if you’re not expecting it.” She also has been known to perform in hoods & masks.

There’s also music from the New York-based 17-piece Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, along with music by new York drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, collaborating with the Austrian group Jazz Bigband Graz and featuring the vocalist Theo Bleckmann.  Plus, listen to the Carla Bley Big Band and their arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and music by Bjork.

PROGRAM #3609 Music for Big Bands (First aired on 6/10/2014)  

ARTIST: Björk
WORK: It’s Oh So Quiet, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Post
SOURCE: Elektra - #61740
INFO: bjork.com

ARTIST: Monika Roscher Bigband
WORK: Human Machines [3:22]
RECORDING: Failure in Wonderland
SOURCE: Enja Records #ENJ 9585
INFO: monikaroscher.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz, feat. Theo Bleckmann
WORK: John Hollenbeck: The Bird With The Coppery, Keen Claws [6:08]
RECORDING: Joys & Desires
SOURCE: Intuition #3862
INFO: intuition-music.com

ARTIST: Monika Roscher Bigband
WORK: Failure in Wonderland [7:24]
RECORDING: Failure in Wonderland
SOURCE: Enja Records #ENJ 9585
INFO: monikaroscher.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
WORK: Phobos [11:03]
RECORDING: Infernal Machines
SOURCE: New Amsterdam NWAM017
INFO: newamsterdamrecords.com

ARTIST: Björk
WORK: New World [4:22]
RECORDING: Selmasongs
SOURCE: Elektra 62533
INFO: bjork.com

ARTIST: Angles 9
WORK: Ubabba, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Injuries
SOURCE: Clean Feed CF303
INFO: cleanfeed-records.com

ARTIST: Carla Bley Big Band
WORK: The National Anthem, excerpt [2:29]
RECORDING: Looking for America
SOURCE: WATT Works 31 / ECM Records
INFO:  Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz, feat. Theo Bleckmann
WORK: Maxfield [10:15]
RECORDING: Joys & Desires
SOURCE: Intuition #3862
INFO: intuition-music.com