Randy Sandke leader Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Scott Robinson Soprano Sax/Baritone Sax/Contrabass Sax/Flute Bass Clarinet Theremin; Marty Ehrlich Soprano Sax/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Alto Flute; Ken Peplowski Clarinet/Tenor Sax; Ray Anderson Trombone; Wycliffe Gordon Trombone; Uri Caine Piano; Greg Cohen Bass; Dennis Mackrel Drums
Randy Sandke has been making albums under his name since 1985. A trumpet player born in Chicago. He studied at Roosevelt University with Reinhold Schilke, a legendary teacher and trumpet maker, who was with the Chicago Symphony for many years.
That maybe the reason the arrangement on this cd are complex and engaging. The title of Randy Sandke new cd couldn't have more appropriate, "Inside Out".
Mr. Sandke has united an ensemble with a vast range of musicians. Mixing mainstream musicians with some of New York's hot downtown players. The small orchestral sections are carefully wrought, and well executed.
Utilizing a three-saxophone front line a well as two trombones. The second number on the disc is Ellington's "Creole Love Call", it gets the show on the road. With Marty Ehrilch's deep dark tone on the clarinet, he takes this familiar New Orleans piece and works a more haunting soliloquy of Mr. Sandke arrangement. The championship rhythm section provides the beats throughout the cd.
Here is a small ensemble that swings but not in the time honor tradition.
by Richton Guy
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