Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

WIL SWINDLER'S ELEVENET

Universe B

2011-01-29

How many musicians does it take to make a big band? I don’t think the answer is eleven. However, Wil Swindler’s Elevenet is a bit large to be called an intimate jazz ensemble and a bit small to be called a big band. There are elements of both though, on this first release from the band. No offense to Gil Evans (“Miles Ahead”) or Billy Strayhorn (“A Flower is a Lovesome Thing”), but the best arrangements here are the Wil Swindler originals, “Glass” being one of them. It was commissioned in honor of Gil Evans by the International Association for Jazz Education (Wil Swindler won the honor as the recipient of the 2008 Gil Evans Fellowship). The title track is another awesome original. My favorite piece, however, has to be the nicely complicated “Wowbagger”, and the fact that it references a Douglas Adams character earns Mr. Swindler my utmost respect. Rebecca Ruth 3/5 Stars

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Jazz

  • reviewed 11/2007

    THE CHARLES MINGUS SEXTET
    Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy - Cornell 1964

  • reviewed 05/2007

    STEVE SWALLOW with ROBERT CREELY
    So There

  • reviewed 03/2007

    Abram Wilson
    Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta

  • reviewed 03/2014

    FOG
    TRI Sessions Vol. 1

  • reviewed 10/2006

    MIKE FROST PROJECT
    Comin' Straigt At Ya'

  • reviewed 05/2009

    BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
    HOW BIG CAN YOU GET ?

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.