The Avatar Sessions: The Music of Tim Hagans

The Avatar Sessions: The Music of Tim Hagans

by Norrbotten Big Band

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Overview

There are remarkably few progressive big bands of note, though one that merits entry into their ranks is the Norrbotten Big Band. Trumpeter Tim Hagans, an American who serves as its artistic director, contributed the originals for this date, while he recruited a number of star soloists from the U.S. for these sessions. He envisioned "Buckeyes" after being inspired by a conversation between Ornette Coleman and Joe Lovano; though there are rapid-fire free jazz portions played by the orchestra, with the leader and tenor saxophonist George Garzone playing the role of Lovano, the results are anything but a train wreck. The hip boogaloo "Boo" features the sassy trumpet of Randy Brecker, with guitarist Vic Juris added to the rhythm section. The lush ballad "Here with Me" showcases David Liebman's magical soprano sax, backed by Hagans' superb scoring of the reeds and brass. "Palt Seanuts" is a breezy bop vehicle that Hagans claims is based on a Viking sea song, though he may be engaging in a Dizzy Gillespie-like put-on in his notes. The sauntering "Rufus at Gilly's" casts the spotlight on veteran bassist Rufus Reid, who demonstrates why he is one of the most in-demand players with his inventive, bluesy solo technique. Highly recommended!

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Fuzzy Music
UPC: 0700261285665
catalogNumber: 17
Rank: 101253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norrbotten Big Band   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums,Tambourine,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Vic Juris   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Rufus Reid   Bass,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Tim Hagans   Trumpet,Conductor,Soloist
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
George Garzone   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
David Liebman   Soprano Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Håkan Broström   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Björn Hängsel   Trombone
Tapio Maunuvaara   Trumpet
Per Moberg   Saxophone,Woodwind
Jan Thelin   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Woodwind
Bo Strandberg   Trumpet
Karl-Martin Almqvist   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Mats Garberg   Saxophone,Woodwind
Ola Nordqvist   Trombone
Daniel Tilling   Piano,fender rhodes
Dan Johansson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Magnus Ekholm   Trumpet
Magnus Puls   Trombone
Peter Dahlgren   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Recording Producer
Tim Hagans   Composer,Liner Notes
James Farber   Engineer
Mirka Siwek   Executive Producer
Dan Johansson   Composer
Peter Josyph   Liner Notes

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