Old School: New Lessons

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Old School New Lessons
  • CAT # MCGJ1020-25

    1. Not Quite Yet 7:49
    2. Mofongo 6:01
    3. My One And Only Love 5:47
    4. Runferyerlife 6:42
    5. Mosaic 7:53
    6. Resolution 6:59
    7. March Majestic 7:13
    8. Black Sand 8:15
    9. Go Go 7:21

Bob Mintzer and his big band return to the MCG Jazz label to record Old School, New Lessons (MCG Jazz 1020), a contemporary take on traditional big band jazz. The recording is chock full of original Mintzer compositions including, “Not Quite Yet” and “Mosiac” with the Yellowjackets as well as interesting new arrangements of beloved favorites including “My One and Only Love” and John Coltrane’s “Resolution,” both featuring Kurt Elling. The album is to be released in February 28, 2006 on the MCG Jazz label.

Old School, New Lessons marries traditional big band jazz elements with innovative techniques and new arrangements. Bob explains his choices behind this recording: “I came up in New York in the 1960’s. At that time young people were frowning upon traditional values, and searching with a vengeance for something new. The same held true in music and art. As musicians we aspired to create music in the moment, free of any categorization or preconceptions, based on what we were thinking and feeling at the time. We were definitely going for it, full out! With this spirit, I have embarked on becoming a big band composer and facilitator.”

“As I began to age and mature as a musician,” Mintzer continues, “I came to realize that innovation is not necessarily a pre-meditated activity, but, rather, an off-shoot of being active as a player and band leader for many years, and having a solid understanding of a chronology of events in the music. To acknowledge the tradition and enhance that tradition with new and unusual elements has been my quest for the last 30 years. “Old school” is definitely in play here. I spent too many years with people like Buddy Rich, Thad Jones and Mel, Lewis, Sam Jones, Jaco Pastorius, and Tito Puente, to stray real far from my past. However we’ve laid some new lessons on this concept through sheer perseverance as an ensemble, the addition of Kurt Elling and the Yellowjackets to the project, and a commitment towards stretching the envelope. Hopefully we’ve acknowledged the tradition on our way into new territory.”

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