Giant Box [Japan]

Giant Box [Japan]

by Don Sebesky

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Overview

This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive hit version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)," Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods -- Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral, all on one album. Thankfully, the music-making lives up to the billing. Everything that gave CTI its distinctive sound and identity is here -- the classical adaptations (Stravinsky's "Firebird" is merged shotgun-style with John McLaughlin's "Birds of Fire"), elaborate orchestrations and structuring, pop tune covers, plenty of room for the star soloists to stretch out in a combo format. The stars all come out to shine; Desmond sounds especially inspired in a shimmering "Song to a Seagull" and Hubbard and Washington burn furiously on the appropriately titled "Free As a Bird." And Sebesky was given license to experiment -- hence the wild extended swarms of free-form strings on "Firebird" and Laws' fancy Echoplexed winds on "Fly." The two original LPs were gathered in a classical-style box, complete with a booklet of photos and an interview with Sebesky, but the austere CBS CD reissue condenses everything onto a generic single disc. However less ostentatious, Giant Box still ranks as a sensational coup and a reminder of how potent CTI was at its peak. [The album was also issued in Japan.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2006
Label: King Japan
UPC: 4988003330972
catalogNumber: 2187
Rank: 254130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Sebesky   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Accordion,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Soloist
George Benson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jackie & Roy   Vocals,Track Performer
Milt Jackson   Vibes,Soloist
Bob James   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Soloist
Hubert Laws   Flute,Bass Flute,Soloist,Electric Flute
Warren Covington   Trombone,Baritone Horn,Bass Trombone
David Friedman   Vibes
Brown   Violin
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Conga
Jackie Cain   Vocals
David Nadien   Violin,Concert Master
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Seymour Barab   Cello
Rubens Bassini   Conga
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alfred Brown   Violin
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Carl Caldwell   Background Vocals
Earl Chapin   French Horn
Billy Cobham   Drums
Harry Cykman   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Joe Farrell   Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Paul Faulise   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Paul Gershman   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky   Violin,Concert Master
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Harold Kohon   Violin
Roy Kral   Vocals
Phil Kraus   Percussion,Gong,Marimbas,Xylophone
Harry Leahey   Guitar
Walter Levinsky   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Libove   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Charles McCracken   Cello
Homer Mensch   Bass,String Bass
Gene Orloff   Violin
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone
Alan Raph   Trombone,Baritone Horn,Bass Trombone
George Ricci   Cello
Margaret Ross   Harp
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alan Shulman   Cello
Irving Spice   Violin
Grover Washington   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Shepley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dave Friedman   Percussion
Tony Price   Tuba
Airto   Percussion
Carl Carldwell   Background Vocals
Jim Buffington   French Horn
Jerry Dodgion   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone
Elliot Rosoff   Violin
Joe Malin   Violin
Charles Livobe   Violin
Margaret Row   Harp
Paul Paulise   Baritone Horn,Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Igor Stravinsky   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
John McLaughlin   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Reissue Coordinator
Don Sebesky   Arranger,Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Pete Turner   Cover Photo
Pete Turner   Producer

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