Can't stop listening
Kathy Watts | Patterson, NY USA | 02/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"can't stop listening to mcneely's music! this cd is so interesting - the performance is so perfect - the writing original. like a fine wine..."
A fun, quirky blend of small group and big band
James E. Pendergrass | Durham, NC United States | 05/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To me, big bands almost always sound a bit stilted or overrehearsed in contrast to small groups, no matter how swinging they might be. Yet, the power of the big band sound still has its appeal to most of us jazz fanatics.Here, McNeely's ten-piece band gives us the best of both. It's a big band sound in which there's enough solo space and quirky arrangements to give the discerning listener feelings of a smaller, more intimate group.The highlights are a take of "Silent Night" that's so sly and smooth it'll sneak up on you, leaving you grinning, and a relaxing---but not boring---cover of the classic "Body and Soul."Even if you don't usually like larger groups, take a chance on this one."