Hip-Bone Big Band
    
Review by Willard Manus

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, trombonist/composer Michael Davis has been able to assemble a big band and showcase some of his latest compositions on a new album, his eleventh as leader.
   
    
Davis, who joined the Buddy Rich band when he was 21 and went on to play with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Sting, wrote eleven of the twelve tunes on HIP-BONE BIG BAND (the other being “76 Trombones” by Meredith Wilson). Backed up by such notable musicians as Dick Oatts (lead alto), Nick Marchione (lead trumpet), Bob Malach (tenor sax), and a half-dozen trombone virtuosi, Davis has come up with a winner. Crisp, always-swinging ensemble playing and soloing are the order of the day, whether on the hard-driving “Show Up” or the bluesy, deeply-felt “Fog City” and “Giant.”

A long-time musical educator, Davis will offer the album (in physical or digital format) free to students at every school he teaches at in the future. “Through this album, I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to their musical development in some small way,” he said.

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