Artistry in Rhythm-The Music of Stan Kenton
Liner Notes for Würzburg Jazz Orchestra - Artistry in Rhythm - The Music of Stan Kenton - feat. Ed Partyka: In spring 2005 I founded the 'Würzburg Jazz Orchestra' (WJO), which was meant to be the successor of the 'Big Band der Jazzinitiative Würzburg', for a special project namely the 'Tribute to Don Ellis feat Thomas Gansch'. Looking at it back now the development of the band has been outstanding and, even for us, rather surprising. After the 'Don Ellis'-concert and besides several other performances, we experienced another heyday during the jazz festival in Würzburg 2005 when we performed the suite 'Continental Call', composed by Ed Partyka. Since January 2006 we have made regular guest appearances in 'Würzburger Bockshorn'. All these experiences and the positive critique have encouraged me and the band to continue. It is an absolute pleasure introducing you to this Live-CD, which is our first contribution via a sound carrier. Herewith, I would also like to promise to you that the WJO will do it's best to still perform extraordinary concerts and work on unique projects. However, for the time being, I hope you will enjoy 'Artristy in Rhythm - The Music of Stan Kenton' and am looking forward to greeting you at one of our up-coming concerts. Markus Geiselhart - July 2006 Vienna, Austria (founder and leader of the 'Würzburg Jazz Orchestra') As everybody knows, Europe has now become the creative center for large ensemble in jazz (big band to the more mature generation). Germany has developed an especially healthy big band scene and one of the most exciting additions to the scene is the WJO. What sets the WJO apart from the rest is the band's ability to master a multitude of styles, from the historical program presented on this recording through to very modern music written specifically for the band. I've had the pleasure of working with the WJO on several occasions and I'm always impressed with the tight section work, outstanding soloists, musicality and the enthusiasm of Markus Geiselhart and the entire WJO. I'm sure you'll be equally impressed - enjoy! Ed Partyka - July 2006 Vienna, Austria (member of the 'Vienna Art Orchestra', bandleader, composer and Kenton-expert) Line up: reeds: Johannes Geiß Matthias Zippel Jürgen Zimmermann Ralf Frohnhöfer Dirk Orend trumpets: Tobias Weidinger Florian Jechlinger Felix Jechlinger Klaus Wangorsch Florian Brandl trombones: Oliver Witzel Markus Geiselhart Ingo Kürten Thomas Gussner basstrombones: Ingo Mertens Ed Partyka rhythmsection: guitar: Michael Arlt piano: Thomas Klopfer bass: Felix Wiegand drums: Uwe Breunig.