SWEET RETURN swings down to the last eighth-note, clearly placing Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band at the top of the genre. The unparalleled swagger and precision of the band is showcased in fresh, newly crafted arrangements of original compositions and tunes from the cannon of jazz literature.
Bob Lark: trumpet & flugelhorn Brent Turney: trumpet & flugelhorn Dan Jonas: trumpet & flugelhorn Marques Carroll: trumpet & flugelhorn Kirk Garrison: trumpet & flugelhorn Randy Hamm: alto & soprano saxophones Glenn Kostur: alto saxophone Scott Burns: tenor saxophone Chris Madsen: tenor saxophone Mark Hiebert: baritone saxophone Andy Baker: trombone Tim Coffman: trombone Craig Sunken: trombone Thomas Matta: bass trombone Bob Rummage: drums Joe Policastro: bass Michael Stryker: piano (tracks 1-3, 5, 9) Pete Benson: piano (tracks 4, 6-8, 10)
Brilliant solo interpretations by Trumpeter/leader Bob Lark and the many notable members of the band. Alternately electric and sensuous solos bring unparalleled life to the music. Especially notable soloists are tenor saxophonists Scott Burns and Chris Madsen, alto saxophonists Randy Hamm and Glenn Kostur, pianist Pete Benson, and trombonists Andy Baker and Tim Coffman.
Fresh, beautifully crafted arrangements capture the spirit, swagger and brilliance of Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band. Ten dynamic works are presented, including arrangements of Una Mas, Bye, Bye Blackbird, The Peacocks, Take The 'A' Train, and The Maids Of Cadiz.