Better Days Ahead

Better Days Ahead

by John BlountJohn Blount


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Better Days Ahead teams together the outstanding high-note trumpeter John Blount with drummer Dave Tucker and the New Big Band. Actually Blount also plays well in the lower registers but it is difficult to overlook his virtuosity which is very much in evidence on "Firedance" and on many of the other pieces. The orchestra is excellent, with first-class musicianship, rewarding solos particularly by guitarist Rich Roeder and pianist Harry Appleman, and fresh arrangements. Bill Warfield's reworking of Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" is inspired and there are also charts from Rich Matteson, Glenn Cashman, Tommy Newsom, Gary Lindsay, Allen Vizzutti, Scott Silbert, Andy Weiner and Hank Levy. Ranging from dramatic pieces such as "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Profile of a Trumpet Player" to a pair of Pat Metheny tunes and some rollicking swingers, this is a set that fans of modern big bands will find easy to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2007
Label: Sea Breeze Records
UPC: 0017231214427
catalogNumber: 2144

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Blount   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Chris Walker   Trumpet
Walt Borys   Alto Saxophone
Bruce Swaim   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Dave Tucker   Drums
Leigh Pilzer   Baritone Saxophone
Jack Garner   Trumpet
Chris Hofer   Bass
Richard Roeder   Bass,Guitar,Human Whistle
Dave Schiff   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Tucker   Drums
Richard Burns   Alto Saxophone
Kyle Coughlin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Harry Appleman   Piano

Technical Credits

Rich Matteson   Arranger,Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Allen Vizzutti   Arranger,Composer
Bill Warfield   Arranger
Ralph Bowen   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Arranger
John Coltrane   Composer
Hank Levy   Arranger,Composer
Gary Lindsay   Arranger
Dave Tucker   Producer
Tony Sweet   Cover Art
Rob Holmes   Arranger
Scott Silbert   Arranger
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Andy Weiner   Arranger,Composer
Patti Matheny   Composer
Richard Roeder   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Blount   Producer,Audio Production
Cindy Cash   Contributor
Dave Tucker   Audio Production
Glenn Cashman   Arranger,Composer

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