The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

by The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

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Olga Kivius
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Olga Kivius I never thought that someone could force me to listen to "The Nutcracker". Russians know it by heart from childhood, it sounds everywhere, not only during ballet shows ))
This is the incredible interpretation of this music by the jazz big-band led by pianist B.Cox. They play everything: from classical swing to free jazz, but a variety of styles is not so shocking than the very choice of using them & unexpected transitions between, made with great humor.
I wonder what Tchaikovsky would say ))) Favorite track: Waltz of the Snowflakes.
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Music from the Owen/Cox Dance Group production of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" performed by The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

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released January 11, 2011

Stephanie Bryan-trombone, Mark Cohick-alto saxophone, flute, E flat clarinet, Patrick Alonzo Conway-conga, cajón, jublag, Dave Cooper-trombone, Brad Cox-piano, toy piano, Rhodes, samples, mouse battle horn, Jeff Harshbarger-bass, Brenna Hayes-baritone saxophone, mouse battle horn, James Isaac-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, B flat clarinet, Stanton Kesler-trumpet, Scotty McBee-drum set, Jeffrey Ruckman, toy piano, synthesizer solo, jublag, Mark Southerland-tenor saxophone (The King of Mice), Forest Stewart-horn in F, Michael Stover-guitar, steel guitar, Rich Wheeler-tenor saxophone, Lilah Wilder-voice (Waltz of the Snowflakes), Roger Wilder-piano, Rhodes, Sam Wisman-cowbell, xylophone, guitar, car horn, ceng-ceng, samples, gong, slide whistle, bowed crotales, jingle bells, flexitone, mark tree

Arrangements on themes by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Tracks 3 & 11 by Patrick Alonzo Conway
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, & 13 by Brad Cox
Track 8 by Jeff Harshbarger
Track 12 by Forest Stewart

Graphic by Tammy Lynn Shell
Horn Sculpture by Mark Southerland
Recorded September 2, 3 & 4 by Chad Meise
Mixed by Chad Meise
Mastered by Collin Jordan, Boiler Room, Chicago
Special thanks to Paul Temme

more info on this production at owencoxdance.org

Tzigane CDPL-201

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