In the pieces that comprise
"Bulls in a Bop Shop", I count two masterpieces and possibly a third.
COMPOSER / ARRANGER AND
BAND LEADER BILL HOLMAN
Music by Frank Bennett
Produced by Chris Lord and Frank Bennett
Engineer - Talley Sherwood, Gary Denton
Mixing & Mastering by Paul Tavenner
Cover painting by Dot Crawford [Parks]
Album design by Concetta Halstead
Saxophones - Gary Foster, Brad Dechter,
Roger Neumann, Thomas Peterson, Lee Callet
Trombones - Bob McChesney, Alan Kaplan,
Leslie Benedict, Charles Loper, William Reichenbach, George McMullen, Craig Ware
Trumpets - Rick Baptist, Dan Fornero, Bob Summers, Malcom McNab, Pete Desiena, Jeff Bunnell,
Rhythm - Josh Nelson (Piano), Kenneth Wild (Bass), Bob Leatherbarrow (Drums)
BULLS IN A BOP SHOP
Composer/percussionist Frank Bennett has worked in many styles of music throughout his career. As a jazz percussionist, he has appeared with Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, and others. As an Indian percussionist, he has performed with his veena virtuosa wife Geetha in India, Hong Kong, Canada, and many venues in the U.S. His chamber compostions have been played at many recital halls, and the SUNY, Oneonta, NY music department has twice featured three-day festivals of his world music.
Frank's orchestral pieces include a concerto for Indian violin and "Asian Colors," a concerto for the South Indian Saraswatchi veena [lute], premiered by the Utica Symphony Orchestra in 2001.
A New York Times review of his chamber pieces at the Carnagie/Weill Recital Hall state: "Bennet uses Western forms, long lined melodies, and rich harmonies; but he also found ways to weave Indian rhythms and modes into the textures in a way that lets them sound mildly exotic but never alien. Mr. Bennett's balance is impeccable." [Alan Kozinn]
Frank holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale Univsersity and has worked as an orchestrator/arranger on many Hollywood films. "Bulls in a Bop Shop" is his first CD of big band jazz originals.
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