||Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble:
E.J. Allen, trumpet; Ray Anderson, trombone; Uri Caine, piano; John Clark, French horn; Joseph Daley, tuba; Robert DeBellis, alto and soprano sax, clarinet; Michael Dessen, trombone; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Drew Gress, bass; Jerome Harris, guitar, slide guitar; Miki Hirose, trumpet; Ron Horton, trumpet; Howard Johnson, baritone sax; Brad Jones, bass; Adam Kolker, tenor sax, clarinet; Andy Laster, alto sax; Eric McPherson, drums; J.D. Parran, narrator, soprano and bass sax; Lisa Parrott, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Jason Robinson, tenor sax; Warren Smith, vibraphone, percussion; James Weidman, piano; Matt Wilson, drums; James Zollar, trumpet; Marty Ehrlich, conductor
This is the most ambitious recording I have done to date as a composer. These compositions, written over a twenty-year period, receive wonderful performances from these A-list musicians, many of whom I have worked with for thirty years and more. Each piece approaches the jazz orchestra in different ways. The music on this recording presents the fullest range yet of my creative passions. óMarty Ehrlich
This is the first program devoted entirely to the orchestral music of Marty Ehrlich. It displays the characteristics that have marked his success as an instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader: strong melodic invention and a keen ear for instrumental color, creative curiosity embracing disciplines beyond music, extreme sensitivity to those with whom he collaborates, formal inventiveness that enhances rather than obscures expressive intent, and an unblinking yet ultimately affirmative insistence on connecting his music with realities both historic and contemporary.