MCG Jazz announces the release of Bob Mintzer Big Band Live at MCG with Special Guest Kurt Elling (MCG Jazz 1016), the first live recording of the Bob Mintzer Big Band. Vocalist Kurt Elling is the Mintzer Big Band’s special guest, heightening the musical experience with his signature vocalese and improvised scatting style.
Captured in state-of-the-art audio and video formats at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bob Mintzer Big Band Live at MCG includes live versions of songs that appear on the Mintzer Big Band’s numerous recordings over the past ten years. The set reflects Mintzer’s passion for merging traditional American big band jazz to various other styles. The result is a stew of straightahead jazz, latin and world beats, hard bop and much more. Elling’s unique and daring vocal interpretations on three of the nine tracks take both the band and the listener on a fascinating freeform journey.
Bob Mintzer Big Band Live at MCG consists of mostly original compositions with the addition of an updated arrangement of the Count Basie classic, "One O’Clock Jump" and a spirited rendition of Herbie Hancock’s "Eye Of The Hurricane," a performance in which Elling takes vocalese to a new level of intensity. Elling is also featured on the romantic ballad, "My Foolish Heart" and a version of a tune Elling and Mintzer co-wrote called "All Is Quiet."
"When a big band has players like this one, it’s hard to go wrong," says Mintzer. "Everyone here knows how to be ‘on the team,’ and can also stand up and solo like nobody’s business. I feel honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with these guys for the last twenty years."
Two decades have tuned this musical unit to a perfect pitch, yet the sound is just as fresh and vibrant as ever. Listen to Bob Mintzer Big Band Live at MCG with Special Guest Kurt Elling and visit that unique place where the big band sound and the human voice become one.