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Meeting of the Waters

"...the inescapable verdict is that SWOJO has earned another blue ribbon. Recommended without pause."
Jack Bowers, Big Band Editor, All About Jazz
(full review from AAJ)


From the All Music Guide: The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra features some of the top jazz musicians and arrangers in the Pacific Northwest, primarily focusing on original music written for the band. The tight harmonies of the ensembles and strong soloists are key ingredients to their success. This is not strictly an all-female band like Diva, as drummer Jeremy Jones and lead trumpeter Dennis Haldane are regular members and there are several male guests in the trumpet section. Musical director Daniel Barry contributed several charts and guests on his "Encontro das Águas (Meeting of the Waters)." Hazel Leach wrote the powerful, complex ballad "Self Portrait," which features a moving vocal by Greta Matassa, and the perky "The Tulip Wonder," which showcases trombonist Jennifer Kellogg. Jill Townsend's setting of the decades-old standard "Old Folks" incorporates imaginative background colors behind alto saxophonist Cynthia Mullis' potent solo. Highly recommended. -Ken Dryden

Free download track from Meeting of the Waters available at All About Jazz:

 

Dreamcatcher

"...a thoroughly professional, bold, glossy, and swinging sound..."
Howard Mandel, Jazziz magazine

"...sophisticated big band jazz expertly performed."
Jack Bowers, Big Band Editor, All About Jazz

"SWOJO is tremendous, powerful and inspiring! ...Wow, burning, swingin' and all of those other jazz words."
Gabriel Alegria, President of the La Asociación Internacional Jazz Perú

"This is a great CD for any one who likes their big bands to play their music from the heart."
Amazon.com customer from Scotland

Preview track from Dreamcatcher:

 

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Meeting of the Waters and Dreamcatcher can also be purchased at any of SWOJO's live performances
or send a  request  for mail order info.

Dreamcatcher Reviews:
All About Jazz, Jack Bowers
Jazziz, Howard Mandel
All About Jazz, Dan McClenaghan
Earshot Jazz, Peter Monaghan
All Music Guide, Scott Yanow

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