Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

by Gary Urwin


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While it is nearly impossible for jazz musicians to tour much at all as a big band, from time to time, units are assembled for memorable studio sessions such as the ones heard on Gary Urwin's Kindred Spirits. Most of the leader's charts were written to showcase veterans Bill Watrous (trombone) and Pete Christlieb (tenor sax, though he plays clarinet and flute as well in the ensemble passage), while he gathered some of the best players around Southern California as well. Jerry Goldsmith's rarely heard "Theme from 'Chinatown'" benefits from Urwin's superb scoring and Watrous' warm soloing. Urwin adds a nice touch to "Girl Talk," a swinging favorite from Count Basie's songbook, while the snappy treatment of "Beautiful Love" is another gem. The addition of harp and a trombone choir behind Watrous gives a new dimension to the old chestnut "Danny Boy." The touching finale is a subtle trio chart with pianist Christian Jacob setting up Christlieb and Watrous with a lush opening chorus and superb accompaniment.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2006
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402448923
catalogNumber: 448
Rank: 80768

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Urwin   Primary Artist,Leader
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Richmond   Saxophone
Bobby Shew   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Richard Bullock   Trombone
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Trey Henry   Bass,Rhythm Section
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Rusty Higgins   Alto Flute,Saxophone
Christian Jacob   Piano,Rhythm Section
Ron King   Trumpet
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Ralph Razze   Drums,Rhythm Section
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Amy Shulman   Harp
John Thomas   Trumpet
Dave Woodley   Trombone
John Yoakum   English Horn
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Frank Browne   Rhythm Section
John D. Mitchell   Bassoon,Saxophone
Alex Iles   Trombone
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Jerry Goldsmith   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bob Florence   Author
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
Zan Stewart   Author
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Daniel Traynor   Cover Design
Gary Urwin   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Jos L. Knaepen   Cover Photo

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Kindred Spirits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest offering by Gary Urwin and Bill Watrous with Pete Christlieb is the latest example of true kindred spirits among great musicians. Thanks to the brilliant writing and arranging by Gary, standards and originals come to life with brilliance and depth. Never let it be said that jazz is dead. It's very much alive and well (thank you), thanks to Pete, Bill and Gary. If you love big band jazz, this is a 'must have' CD for your collection. The teaming of these musicians is first rate the tunes are superior I can't wait until their next effort!!