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“Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band” | Available November 22nd via New West Records

BIG BAND OF BROTHERS: A JAZZ CELEBRATION OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
TO BE RELEASED BY NEW WEST RECORDS NOVEMBER 22nd, 2019

FEATURING APPEARANCES BY MARC BROUSSARD, RUTHIE FOSTER, JACK PEARSON, AND WYCLIFFE GORDON

RELIX MAGAZINE PREMIERES “WHIPPING POST” FEATURING MARK BROUSSARD PLUS “HOT ‘LANTA” TODAY

New West Records will release Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band on November 22nd, 2019. Released in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band’s debut album, the 10-song set of jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band favorites features Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster on vocals on two songs each. Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band also features Jack Pearson on guitar, who performed as a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 to 1999. The celebrated trombonist Wycliffe Gordon of Jazz at Lincoln Center fame is featured as a soloist on “Don’t Want You No More,” and wrote the arrangement for “Statesboro Blues.” Gordon is consistently ranked among leading trombone players in the Downbeat critics poll and has topped the list at least five times. The 15-piece Big Band of Brothers was produced by Mark Lanter, Charles Driebe & John Harvey and was recorded & mixed by Eric Bates at Bates Brothers Recording in Hueytown, AL.

Today, Relix Magazine has premiered “Whipping Post” featuring Mark Broussard as well as an additional album track, the instrumental interpretation of “Hot ‘Lanta” – hear the songs here.

While jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band classics might come off as a surprise to some, the genre always held great inspiration for the band and its members. Gregg Allman, recalling the band’s early days, told the journalist Bob Beatty, “Jaimoe [Allman Brothers Band drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson] turned all of us on to so much neat stuff. He gave us a proper education about jazz and got us into Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Kind of Blue was always on the turntable – Duane really got his head around that album – and he also seriously dug Coltrane’s My Favorite Things.” While speaking to Relix Magazine in 2013, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes offered this about founding member Duane Allman, “It’s interesting when you think about Duane’s roots in blues and R&B. As he was growing as a musician, jazz musicians were becoming more and more important to him. He talked a lot about how important Coltrane was in influencing him. It’s almost a cliche to say that you’ve been influenced by John Coltrane these days because it’s so obvious that he’s an icon. But for somebody in the early ‘70s to actually take that influence into a rock or pop sensibility was quite a stretch. Perhaps he helped to make Coltrane a universal influence in ways he didn’t even realize, the same way that people like Duane and Clapton contributed to the rediscovery of Robert Johnson.”

Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band will be available on compact disc, across digital retailers, and Peach Colored vinyl.  Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band is now available for pre-order via New West Records.

Current UA Jazz Studies Faculty, Students, and UA Faculty Involved in the Project:

Mark Lanter, Drum Set/Producer (Instructor of Jazz Studies)

Tom Wolfe, Guitar/Arranger/Assistant Engineer (Professor of Jazz Studies/Music Engineering)

Chris Kozak, Electric and Double Bass (Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies)

UA Jazz Studies and Jazz Ensemble Alumni:

David Ray, Electric and Double Bass (Jazz Studies BM and MM Alum, current DMA Composition and Jazz GTA)

Rob Alley, Trumpet (Honors College Instructor)

Dick Aven, Saxophone

Kelley O’Neal, Saxophone

Jimmy Bowland, Saxophone

Mart Avant, Trumpet/Arranger

Chris Gordon, Trumpet

Shane Porter, Arrange