Under the artistic and musical direction of Rodger Fox, the Wellington Jazz Orchestra is arguably the tightest, brightest, most musically literate exponent of big band jazz this country has seen. Their debut recording, Journey Home (featuring compositions and arrangements by ex-pat jazz-giant, Alan Broadbent), won Best Jazz Album at the 2012 NZ Music Awards, but this second album raises the bar even higher.
The Capitol Sessions marks Rodger’s 40 years of unwavering commitment to big band jazz, and it’s only fitting that it should have been recorded in one of the world’s great studios. As John Fenton so aptly put it in his liner notes, Capitol Studios is an iconic studio, where the ghosts of Les Paul, Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra hover over every note.
The track list features equally iconic tunes from the big band standard repertoire alongside lesser-known gems and a couple of very fine New Zealand compositions. Those who enjoy the punch and virtuosity of classic big band jazz are sure to agree that The Capitol Sessions is one of the fullest and most joyful expressions of the genre.
1. Brazilian Fantasy (composer: John Fedchock)
2. One O'clock Jump (composer: Count Basie)
3. Top Daddy (composer: Matt Harris)
4. Just Squeeze Me (composer: Duke Ellington)
5. Song for Louise (composer: Colin Hemmingsen)
6. Rockin' in Rhythm (composer: Duke Ellington)
7. Honeysuckle Rose (composer: Fats Waller)
8. Maxine (composer: Sharon O’Neill)
9. Love of My Life (composer: Bruce Brown)
10. Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues (composer: Duke Ellington)
11. Roger With a D (composer: Christopher Fox)
12. Left Bank Express (composer: Pete Jackson)
13. Jimi (composer: Bill Cunliffe)
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