Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra – Basically Baker Vol. 2 – The Big Band Music of David Baker

The purpose behind the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra’s Basically Baker Vol. 2 – The Big Band Music of David Baker (Patois Records, 2016) is trifold. To reintroduce the music of NEA Jazz Master and jazz educator David Baker. To benefit the David N. Baker Scholarship Fund. And, of course, to entertain the listener.

Brent Wallarab is conductor and music director. He also co-produced the album with Wayne Wallace, Mark Hood and Mark Buselli. On saxophones are Tom Walsh, Bill Sears, Rich Perry, Rob Dixon and Ned Boyd. Trombonists are Tim Coffman, Freddie Mendoza, Brennan Johns and Rich Dole. Celeste Holler-Seraphinoff plays bass trombone. On tuba is Dan Perantoni. Luke Gillespie is on piano; Jeremy Allen, bass; Steve Houghton, drums; Mitch Shiner, vibes; and Monika Herzig, celeste. The trumpet section consists of Tony Kadleck, Scott Belck, Graham Breedlove, Jeff Conrad, Mark Buselli and Pat Harbison. Guest soloists are Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Dave Stryker on guitar.

Some of the musicians were students of Baker, including the orchestra’s namesakes. The orchestra previously tapped in Baker’s musical genius with Basically Baker (2007). That recording made DownBeat’s top 100 of jazz CDs for the 21st century and is being reissued with the new release.

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