Music for Big Bands

Monika Roscher

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)  







It’s Oh So Quiet, excerpt [1:00]

Elektra - #61740

Monika Roscher Bigband

Failure in Wonderland

Human Machines [3:22]

Enja Records #ENJ 9585

John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz, feat. Theo Bleckmann

Joys & Desires

John Hollenbeck: The Bird With The Coppery, Keen Claws [6:08]

Intuition #3862

Monika Roscher Bigband

Failure in Wonderland

Failure in Wonderland [7:24]

Enja Records #ENJ 9585

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Infernal Machines

Phobos [11:03]

New Amsterdam NWAM017



New World [4:22]

Elektra 62533

Angles 9


Ubabba, excerpt [1:00]

Clean Feed CF303

Carla Bley Big Band

Looking for America

The National Anthem, excerpt [2:29]

WATT Works 31
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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Big Band Graz, feat. Theo Bleckmann

Joys & Desires

Maxfield [10:15]

See above.