BIG BEAT — Sounds Good. Feels Good

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Album · 2019

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By BIG BEAT

Tracklist

1. I Wanna Talk with You (4:11)
2. Knocks Me Off My Feet (5:04)
3. I Want You Back (5:57)
4. Just Too Much (8:25)
5. Its Love (4:35)
6. I'll be Burning for You (5:29)
7. All the Love (5:57)
8. A Penny for Your Thoughts (9:01)
9. Miss America (4:34)

Line-up/Musicians

Caleb Rumley: conductor, co-leader, trombone;
Phil Engsberg: co-leader, alto, soprano sax;
Charlie Dougherty: co-leader, bass;
Mike Spengler: trumpet;
Chris Rogers: trumpet;
Ben Hankie: trumpet;
Rich Polatchek: trumpet;
Nick Brust: soprano, alto sax;
Matt Tischio: tenor sax;
Dane Alexander: tenor sax;
Sam Tobias: baritone sax, flute, piccolo;
Adam Machaskee: trombone;
Stephen Justice: trombone;
Colin Banks: trombone;
Tim Newman: bass trombone;
Arath Corral: guitar;
Will Dougherty: keyboards;
Joe Spinelli: drums;
Allison McKenzie: vocals

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self release

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Big Beat is a new big band originating from William Patterson University in New Jersey that also doubles as a hot horn driven RnB outfit with Allison McKenzie on vocals, plus when they break it down to the rhythm section, they are also an intense fusion combo that is not afraid to take things on an ‘outside’ trip. There is a lot of versatility at work here as each song on “Sounds Good Feels Good” displays a different side of the group. Although this is very much a modern ensemble, there is a healthy 70s style looseness to the group, as well as a similar open-minded approach to eclectic material.. It’s no surprise then that their playing often recalls other 70s big band leaders such as Thad Jones, Don Ellis and Gil Evans who embraced, fusion, RnB and experimentalism in wide open anything goes arrangements.

Allison McKenzie sings lead on seven of the nine tracks and she has the sort of range and versatility that should make her well known with or without her fellow band members. Her style easily shifts from jazz to RnB, making her the perfect vocal front person for this versatile group. Her solo voice is good enough, but occasionally she double tracks her voice into some very interesting harmonies and vocal arrangements. The two instrumental numbers give the band a chance to get crazy. On “Just Too Much”, Will Dougherty’s electric piano solo pushes drummer Joe Spinelli into some free form mayhem, and on “A Penny for Your Thoughts”, the band peaks with an aggressive hard rock drive topped with an equally intense electric trombone solo.

Four of the vocal numbers are McKenzie originals, and they hold up well against some classic covers composed by Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott and the Jackson 5. This band is just getting started, and if they can keep this together the future looks very bright as they hit a good balance between bring the party energy and complicated and challenging arrangements. I would imagine that this is a band best enjoyed in a live situation.

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