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The Best Of Bill Sargent Bands- Volume 1 Soundtrack


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This album is the real deal. NO SYNTHESIZED SOUNDS OR INSTRUMENTS WERE USED. 100% REAL instruments were used in its making, all played by real human beings.

This album represents the ultimate in human, and God's, creativity. It contains all the exiting and spontaneous interaction between individual performers and the electricity between the bands and the audience.

All performances were single take, LIVE . There has been no tracking, no overdubs, and nothing has been digitally fixed or tweaked, i.e. Pro-Tooled.

What you get are real people, playing real music with awesome improvisation by some of the very best players on the planet.

This is HAPPY music, upbeat and uplifting, that swings with a groove and tempo that will get your feet tapping and your body moving.

This great for driving your car, staying awake while driving your car, during your exercise and workout routine, aerobic walking, jogging or running, while cleaning your house, while trudging through mundane chores. It also makes wonderful music at picnics and parties to help keep things in an upbeat mood.

THE BANDS ON THE CD

THE BILL SARGENT QUARTET (plus one) is classy, cool and in the groove with awesome, refreshing, original vocals featuring Chelsea Krombach. Chelsea's phrasing and ability to get into a song and make it go somewhere is as good as it gets, and maybe as good as it s ever been. While she has since traveled the country with many famous jazz greats and traveling Broadway shows, she is currently appearing in New York on Broadway. What you won't believe is the fact that this recording of her was made before she graduated high school!

BILL SARGENT'S TRAD-JAZZ ROUSERS DIXIELAND BAND is happy, carefree and composed right before your very eyes, or ears. It's a bodacious band that really kicks . . . nothing pretentious or refined about it. The musicians you'll hear are phenomenal!

BILL SARGENT'S SWING KINGS is an All-Star hybrid swing band that plays both Dixieland and classic swingin straight-ahead jazz. The clarinetist has the best tone in the world combined with a hard driving improvisation that simply makes him the world's greatest living clarinetist. The trumpeter wails with originality and imagination combined with chops that won't quit. On and on and anything else said about the rest of the band, becomes a redundancy of what I wrote about the two guys above.

THE BILL SARGENT BIG BAND is hard driving, animalistic, kicking and swingin' ! It's an All-Star band of fantastic musicians who don t need a studio and recording tricks to sound tight. They approach swing classics with a refreshing zip and more happening tempos. It's a kinda in your face sorta thing.

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ST LOUIS BLUES MARCH: This popping version of a Glenn Miller Air Force Band arrangement features Bill ala Ray McKinley. It will get you up and bopping around the house. This is a great track for those who exercise or are into aerobic walking.

FIDGETY FEET: Is designed to do just that get you moving . . . and smiling! This is a great track for those who exercise or are into jogging.

AVALON: Features the world s greatest living clarinetist. Just when you thing it has gotten as good as it can get, he takes another chorus and kicks it up a notch! This is a great track for those who exercise or are into running.

OVER THE RAINBOW: You may have heard this classic done many times before, in many ways, but not this way. Of all the versions I EVER hear, this is the very, very best. It literally gives me goose-bumps every time I hear it. Chelsea sings with sensitivity and a passion that will take your breath away. Her phrasing is not only original, but the best I ve ever heard. There s one very long phrase she does that ll make you say, No way! Only a young high school kid, with all the musical chops in the world, her whole life before her with a bright future could put this kind a real hope, expectation and belief into this song. Even if you don t buy the whole album, you need to seek out this track and buy this track as an mp3. There s no exercising here . . . only reflection and dreaming with a renewed hope and outlook.

BASIN STREET BLUES: Features our trombonist with a round, rich, commanding tone in a boisterous blues. This is a great track for those who exercise as a warm-up or cool-down or are into leisurely strolls.

AND THE ANGELS SING: And yes, this angel of a vocalist sure does sing! A classic big band vocalist with a classic style. Features our Mr. Chops on trumpet playing the famous Ziggy Elman solo in a small group setting. He truly nails it!

AMERICAN PATROL: An upbeat version of a Glenn Miller classic. Nothing tame about it it drives, it s dynamic and it swings like crazy. This is a great track for those who exercise or are into jogging. Awesome for uptempo Swing Dancing.

TIN ROOF BLUES: Bodacious, bawdy blues. About as laid back as it gets . . . and talk about dynamic, from a whisper to a scream, it lets it all out. This is a great track for those who exercise as a warm-up or cool-down or are into leisurely strolls.

TWO O CLOCK JUMP: Nothing laid back, pretentious or classy here! The jumpin-est 2 minutes and 54 seconds of your life! For those who like to dance around the house while they work . . . you just may get all your work done in under 3 minutes!! Features the animals of the brass section. Punchy, precise, like bullets coming out of the brass. This is a great track for those who exercise or are into running. Incredible for uptempo Swing Dancing.

BYE BYE BLACKBIRD: Cool & grooving. Chelsea puts feeling, emotion and swing into this classic song along with a very original, inspired scat. Great trumpet solo too! Your toes will tap to this one. This is a great track for those who exercise as a warm-up or cool-down or are walking.

THAT S A-PLENTY: This is sooooo hot it burns! This is as driving, cooking, dynamic a Dixieland track as you ll ever hear in your life. Played by our eight-piece band, it is exceptionally full and textured too. You re gonna love our surprise ending . . . yea, we sure do have fun! This is a great track for those who exercise or are into running but only if you re really fast!

SING, SING, SING: Featuring Bill Sargent with an extended drum solo on the Gene Krupa/Benny Goodman classic. It s a popping, happening tempo with in your face drive and spunk. Turn it up loud when you re diving in the car and you ll have no problem staying awake . . . just make sure you stay in your lane! --Bill Sargent

What a great early Christmas present! I wanted to play it through a couple times before I reacted. I'm very grateful for it and hope it does well for you in the Christmas marketplace . . . as it should.

My overall observation is how balanced the musicians' skill level is, at a high level, on all tracks. So often, one or two poor chairs can drag down an otherwise-fine recording. It just didn't happen on this one - all the more lauditory because the performances were live.

I was stopped cold by the excellence of the clarinet work, rushed to the liner notes, only to do the appropriate head-slap. Chuck Hedges, of course!

Your drumming is tasty, the highest compliment one can receive. You drove where called-for, filled and backed solos and sections elsewhere, and showed total command of the drums and their role in the band.

- J. Jones

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I'm listening to a copy of Bill's CD as I write this. IMO, it is excellent.

The 4 different Bill Sargent bands are a treat as is the music. Way to go Bill.

Sure is a good reason to listen to the guys who are living and playing in the here and now.

And for a clarinet wannabe, it's a pleasure to hear Chuck Hedges work, especially "Avalon".

Great musicians and great rhythm sections. Can't make no drummer jokes here, you be swingin.

Wish you continued success with your efforts. The album name is "The Best of Bill Sargent Bands, Volume 1" and I recommend it highly.

Visit his site and hear what he is saying musically. Then, if you agree with me, by all means buy it. You won't be sorry.

- Steve B.

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Just listened last nite to Bill's new CD and it's a swinger!

Bill Sargent is one of those exceptionally RARE drummers who is solidly into TIME!

The groups all sound great. Outstanding CD, Bill!!

- Dave G.

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This is a GREAT album (especially is you'd like to hear what drums are supposed to sound like!) and well worth the money - get it!

- Bison

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There are few bands around today who can play as well as all of yours did on that CD.

From what I heard, yours are PROFESSIONAL groups in today's hodge podge of amateurs and very much better than most that I hear.

Few can match what you do.

- Steve --Various

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