NY Jazz Initiative
Jazzheads, 2011, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
O’s Notes: The New York Jazz Initiative is led by artistic director Rob Derke (sax). As the title suggests their focus on release is the music of Thad Jones. This large ensemble has a lot to say and delivery comes via a wealth of talented brass players including Steve Wilson (a sax), Ralph Lalama (t sax) and Sam Burtis (tb, tuba) backed by a solid rhythm section. Thad’s music is great and these arrangements are invigorating. Of note, “Quiet Lady”, “Mean What You Say” and “Three And One”.
Publicist: Two for the Show Media