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Sound Check is the second big band recording in which Jack Cortner features Marvin Stamm's trumpet and flugelhorn playing. As on the first Jazzed Media album, Fast Track, the Sound Check musicians are among the leading artists in New York's intersecting jazz and studio communities.

Bob Millikan: trumpet
Tony Kadleck: trumpet
Danny Cahn: trumpet
Bud Burridge: trumpet
Frank Greene: trumpet
Dave Gale: trumpet
Jim Pugh: trombone
Keith O'Quinn: trombone
Tony Studd: trombone
Birch Johnson: trombone
Paul Faulise: bass trombone
Lawrence Feldman: alto sax
Jerry Dodgion: alto sax
Dave Tofani: tenor sax
Dennis Anderson: tenor sax
Bob Malach: tenor sax
Kenny Berger: baritone sax
Jon Gordon: alto sax
Jeff Mironov: guitar
Jay Berliner: guitar
Bill Mays: piano
Jay Anderson: bass
John Riley: drums

Marvin Stamm, Trumpet and Flugel Horn
Jim Pugh, Trombone
Jon Gordon, Alto
Dave Tofani, Tenor
Bill Mays, Piano
John Riley, Drums

Artist(s)/Title: Jack Cortner Big Band "Sound Check"
Catalog #: JM1046
Songs: Click Here
Album Review: Click Here
  1. Strike Up The Band - Listen to clip
  2. Speak Low - Listen to clip
  3. Sometime Ago - Listen to clip
  4. Cantaloupe Island - Listen to clip
  5. Sound Check - Listen to clip
  6. Yesterdays - Listen to clip
  7. Caravan - Listen to clip
  8. Cinema Paradiso Love Theme - Listen to clip
  9. A La Mode - Listen to clip
  10. You And The Night And The Music - Listen to clip
  11. It's All Right With Me - Listen to clip
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Jack Cortner is true to himself. He writes the way he wants, expressing exactly what he feels about the music. Jack knows how to capture his feelings and put them on paper and how to elicit his music from the band. The tunes include jazz classics from Herbie Hancock and Duke Ellington, standards from Gershwin, Weill, Kern, Dietz, and Porter and two blues compositions of Cortner's.

He is a great arranger, and this band of New York's finest musicians loves playing his music. Jazz soloists include Jim Pugh, Bill Mays, Jon Gordon, Dave Tofani and John Riley.

The band is very sensitive to what Jack writes because, no matter what he writes, it just feels good!

Trumpeter Marvin Stamm states, "The band loves playing Jack's music because his orchestrations line up so beautifully. The charts feel great and sound great, so everybody looks forward to playing them. The musicians come in with a wonderful, positive attitude and really give it their all every time. I feel that Sound Check is an even more exciting CD than Fast Track - and that's saying something!"

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