Bob Mintzer has led big bands off and on since the late 1970s, in addition to small groups and working as a part of the jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets. These sessions open with his colorful “‘Swing Out,” a forward-thinking chart in the mold of Bob Brookmeyer’s large ensemble writing. “Each Day” is an upbeat number with a gospel undercurrent, while “Swangalang” is an infectious midtempo blues. Vocalist Kurt Elling once again guests on a track, writing lyrics to Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny’s “Minuano,” delivering a heartfelt performance followed by potent solos from Mintzer and pianist Phil Markowitz. Mintzer also finds fresh approaches with his arrangements of the standards “My Shining Hour” and the venerable “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The tenor saxophonist’s arrangements are first-rate throughout these enjoyable sessions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD benefits the programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. – Ken Drydenmore »
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