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Aurora

Patrick Williams Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0043EF86A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Sophisticated, & Swingin'! September 25, 2010
This long-awaited album by Patrick Williams far exceeded my expectations... and my expectations were that it'd be nothing less than absolute genius. It's so GREAT to have Pat making records again. My play-by-play is below...

"Aurora" is a beautiful Latin-turned-swing chart with HUGE, brassy, classical fanfares in its intro. Burnin' solos by Andy Martin (trombone), Tom Scott (alto), Bob Sheppard (tenor), and Chuck Findley (trumpet).

"Heat" is a dizzying mix of tabla, great sax section work, and an incredibly swinging section spear-headed by Peter Erskine (drums) and Wayne Bergeron (lead trumpet). Great solos by Warren Luening (trumpet) and Bob Sheppard (tenor).

"Song for Pretty Girl" is an absolutely gorgeous and lush ballad featuring Arturo Sandoval on flugelhorn.

"Fanfare For A New Day" has a fiery, brass-heavy intro and later turns to a rousing swing. It features the fine solo work of guest Hubert Laws (flute) and Bob Sheppard (tenor).

"One More Dream" is a gorgeous ballad very much in the Nestico-Basie tradition. It features the stunning alto of Tom Scott.

"The Sun Will Shine Today" is a medium swing tune which features the outstanding clarinet of guest Eddie Daniels.

"Mandeville" is a medium Latin which features beautifully textured French horns and muted brass. It features Craig Gosnell (bass trombone), Bob McChesney (trombone), and Andy Martin (trombone).

"There You Go Again" is medium gospel-swing chart very reminiscent of 1960's Neal Hefti. It features Tamir Hendelman (piano), Warren Luening (trumpet), Bob Sheppard (tenor), and Tom Scott (alto).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This! November 11, 2010
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"Amen" to everything that has been said about this fantastic CD. If you're already a Patrick Williams fan, as I am...going back to the '60's, you're going to love this latest work. If you're not familiar with Patrick's music and love big band charts, buy this, sit down, and hang on. You will be absolutely thrilled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not Your Daddy's Big Band Music" August 23, 2011
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I am assuming that approaching this phenomenal album, one has had some exposure to jazz and big band music. I'm not saying one has had to have had extensive listening experience with the likes of Be-Bop or "Progressive Jazz" (it helps, to be sure) but at the very least have demonstrated an ability to just sit down and listen. If you can do that with this album, you will be truly blown away as well as richly rewarded.

An album like this comes along only once in a great while. I think of Count Basie's "Atomic Basie", Duke Ellington's "And His Mother Called Him Bill" (featuring some of the best charts of Billy Strayhorn) Maynard Ferguson's "A Message From Newport", NYJO's "Full Score" (unfortunately never released on CD) and Illinois Jacquet's "Jacquet's Got It", to name a few. These are the kind of big band albums one returns to time and time again to listen without ever tiring. Such is the case with this fabulous album!

I was first drawn to this album after hearing Aurora, the first track on this tremendous album. That track alone would have been worth the price of the CD! But there are seven other tracks no less compelling. All eight tracks were deftly and masterfully composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Patrick Williams. Moreover, he has assembled a veritable "Who's Who" of performers and top-drawer sidemen. You will have to buy the album to see who I am talking about, but trust me, your jaw will drop!

The solo improvisations on each chart are absolutely galvanizing! The interplay of soloist and band had me saying time and again, "I can't believe what I am hearing!" Nothing is predictable and everything makes perfect musical sense!

I purchased this CD from Artist Share via Amazon. The 19.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Song for a Pretty Girl... November 7, 2010
Just had the pleasure of hearing "Song For a Pretty Girl" on a local jazz show...host dedicated it to me! Wow! how kind. The tune was indeed 'haunting' and lovely. Will get this CD for sure. Good jazz today is hard to come by. Patrick has just won another fan. J J
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last-pure Pat music-no movie/TV stuff October 30, 2010
By jimac51
Full disclosure:I am a small time investor in this project(probably paid for the pencils)but reap no monetary benefit form this album.I'm just a fan.
Since the late 1960s,when Verve released "Shades" on their blue label(non jazz)I've been hooked. No,"Shades" was not a jazz album,but it was a fine pop instrumental album using a big band of then New York's classic studio musicians. And even then,I had already heard Pat's music as commercial jingle work and studio work for Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme without knowing it. Two albums followed in equal vein,full of humor and great musicianship(e.g.-Dick Hyman does a calliope solo on the Beatles' "Get Back";he really got back,way back). Phil Ramone was learning how to control the knobs on these recordings.Such fun.
Years pass and Pat found himself doing lots of TV & movie work,notably lots of MTM productions,including backgrounds for Mary Tyler Moore and all the stuff for Bob Newhart,Lou Grant and Molly Dodd(I understand Pat considers that a favorite,with good cause).
And,in 1974,a one-shot big band album,titled "Threshold". Ask anyone who knows modern big band stuff;"Threshold" brings an immediate smile. This is real jazz. Screaming,piss off the neighbors cause it beats out the Grateful Dead(personal experience)solos by Tom Scott & Marvin Stamm. Capitol released it,but Pat bankrolled it and owns the master,so it's available,here and via Artists Share.
The years go by,the projects,mainly for film &TV are interesting and even a Pulitzer nomination for "An American Concerto,featuring Phil Woods. And many would love to hear a return to a pure music project from Mr. Williams.
"Aurora" is it. Pure music.Pure originals. Pure Pat. It swings,it gently bows;it cooks;it smokes and when it's gentle,it's like a breeze.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STIMULATING
All new music never heard before composed by Patrick Williams and played by THE BIG BAND that knew what it was doing. The entire CD needs to be listened to as one composition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gunnar jenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Williams Big Band - Aurora Album
I accidently came across one of the tracks from this album titled "Mandeville" whilst surfing YouTube
and was immediatley knocked out by the Sound and style the band... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mb
5.0 out of 5 stars "Smokin . . ."
As a former tenor sax, big band player, schooled at Berklee, this album exceeded all my expectations. It is simply exquisite on so many levels! I can't even put it into words. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter Janney
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Love "Mandeville", by far fave track, great arrangement with trumbones as "percussion", and reason I purchased. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W. Deegan
4.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Williams Big Band-Aurora
This is a special treat for the aficionado of the big band genre. This is a polished and sophisticated offering in a masterful,fresh presentation. Well done.
Published 14 months ago by George West
5.0 out of 5 stars Aurora
Patrick Williams has done it again. A fabulous
album showcasing his brilliant composing and
arranging skills. A pleasure to listen to from top
to bottom!
Published on May 1, 2012 by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary big band WOW!
If you enjoy big band jazz, this album will be a great addition to your collection. Patrick Williams swings hard and has great compositions to work with. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Jeff M. Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD I Have Ever Purchased
How often do you buy a CD where EVERY cut is a delight. Each composition by Patrick Williams on this CD is inventive, melodic and memorable. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Carl C
5.0 out of 5 stars best big band sound ever
Outstanding selections especially Mandeville, sax solo would be nice to know musician's name, very Stan Getz-ish, a great addition to your collection. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by lil dab
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful big band jazz
This is a terrific big band jazz album, with some beautiful melodies and nice solos. My only complaint: It's too short. And it's expensive. They must not have released many copies. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by EditorMotz
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