the Joel Penner Sextets debut CD gets airplay on over 40 full time jazz stations
across the country! After hearing the Joel Penner Sextets debut CD DragonJazz,
Jazz DJs all over the U.S. are playing it.
Why do you suppose so many jazz DJs are playing DragonJazz?
As Scott Yanow, reviewer for L.A. Jazz Scene says, this is a fun set of music featuring excellent musicians who clearly enjoy playing together.
The CD starts with Duke Pearson's Jeannine, a big band style tune that sounds much bigger than just six performers.
It is followed by a funky, slightly Latin tinged original tune by the bands guitarist, Doug MacDonald called No Lava (Avalon backwards).
The next tune is the beautiful ballad Easy Living. The arrangement features beautiful solos all around.
Next is the great old standard The Way You Look Tonight, by Jerome Kern. It is done as a Samba. this is a fun tune with which arranger Rick Hils has done a masterful job making slight melodic and chordal changes that keeps the listener on his/her toes.
The fifth track is Kurt Weills classic Speak Low which swings really hard with great solos with fun drum interludes in between.
The sixth tune, also by Jerome Kern is All The Things You Are. The arrangement starts with the drums and flugelhorn playing by themselves. It moves into a big band ensemble section, a Latin piano interlude and then returns to the melody. It ends like it started with just drums and flugelhorn.
The next tune is also an original tune by trumpet player Dick Forrest entitled Anita. It is a beautiful bossa nova featuring muted trumpet and guitar. The Rick Hils arrangement is complex with a multitude of timbre changes.
The final tune on the CD is a great Rick Hils Arrangement of Cliffford Brown's classic Joy Spring. The arrangement begins with a fanfare like contrapuntal statement and then slides unexpectedly into the melody. The solos are surrounded by exciting interlude sections with the tune ending with a version of the opening fanfare.
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