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Jim Knapp Orchestra, “Secular Breathing”

“Secular Breathing” is the long-awaited third CD by the Jim Knapp Orchestra. One of the most respected composer/arrangers on the west coast, Knapp’s concept of ensemble music started at a high level and has evolved in the intervening 25 years to a uniquely identifiable sound. Like Duke Ellington and Gil Evans, he tends to combine instruments in ways that create textures infrequently encountered in big band music. Woodwind doubles and French horn suggest symphonic winds at times, but there’s also a quirky, understated humor that reveals his playful wit.

TRACKS:

KENNEWICK, MAN
COMBOS IN INDIANA
MOON AND SAND
G, BABY
NANNA’S LIED
SECULAR BREATHING
HOME
BUDDHA BANG
KREUZBERG SOLILOQUY
LAURA MAE’S GETAWAY

PERFORMERS:

Jim Knapp Orchestra:

Composer, conductor – JIM KNAPP
Soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute – MARK TAYLOR
Soprano, alto & tenor saxophones – SAUL CLINE
Tenor saxophone – ROB DAVIS
Baritone saxophone, clarinet – GREG METCALF
Trumpets , flugelhorns – BRAD ALLISON, INGRID JENSEN, JACK HALSEY
French Horn – KAREN HALSEY
Trombone – JEFF HAY
Bass trombone – GREG SCHROEDER
Piano – JOHN HANSEN
Bass – PHIL SPARKS
Drums – JON WIKAN

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