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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DIGITAL MUSIC PROD
  • ASIN: B000086B8S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sigpaw on March 9, 2011
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Of course this is more of Bob's great Big Band arrangement and writing. The artists (as usual) are first rate. But the thing that makes this album stand out is the quality of the recording. Bob and DMP have experimented for years with innovative recording technique. This album is sheer perfection. I listen to this on a high end discrete component system with a high end amp and electrostatic speakers. The ambience, imagining and clarity of this album are amazing. Bob is really here performing in the room in front of me!
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I discovered this album while listening to a San Francisco Bay area Jazz station.

I didn't know the name Bob Mintzer at the time, and had not yet become acquainted with his dazzling resumé as a composer.

What caught my ear was the purity of the Big Band vibe that came from a single piece, "Gently," the title track. I could hear that this group nailed the true spirit of the soulful, swinging Big Band sound in all its complexity and lightness, elegance, and truth.

Were it not for the pristine digital recording mix, I would certainly have believed I was listening to a piece from the middle fifties; something blessed by the caresses of the passing angel of Duke Ellington, perhaps, but not strictly speaking. Then I detected a time jump into an era reminiscent of the horn section in Nat Adderley's late 1960's gorgeous sessions which clearly inspired much of the bopping scores heard in those superb early 1970's TV shows and movies - Lalo Shifrin style...

I initially purchased the album expecting to never hear another track like the one that caught my ear, but lo and behold, to my surprise, I fell head first into a full album whose treasures took me beyond all my highest expectations. Every track burst with unpredictable extensions of all the goods that the teaser I first heard intimated. Bob Mintzer's Big Band is a dream come true. It's not only music like they don't make anymore, it's also music they never quite made before... Music that's anchored in a tradition which is hard for me to name, but which I know, with infinite certainty, belongs to a universe of total melodic integrity, beyond the conscious, intellectual mind.

I became lost in Gently. Unable to stop playing it in loops, for days on end.
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