I want to encourage anyone reading this message to check out the cd by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge (plus orchestra) recording, “River Runs: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and Orchestra“. Now this is a master composer, orchestrator, arranger who sees the possibilities in writing for jazz soloists, orchestra and big band all together.
I LOVE this recording and hope that it wins both Grammy’s it is nominated for. They nominations are not in the jazz category (but should be). Instead, they appear in the Instrumental categories – which is, of course, perfectly correct. Treat yourself to one of the great accomplishments of bringing together – successfully – all the possibilities of the large orchestra and the groove of small group jazz.