Saheb Sarbib

Aisha

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The second of bassist Saheb Sarbib's two big band albums for Cadence features six of his originals, including pieces dedicated to Steve Lacy, Albert Ayler and John Lennon, plus the 17-minute, four-movement "Aisha." Sarbib's unusual orchestra (consisting of three trumpeters, two trombones, three sopranos, three altos, three tenors, one baritone, two guitars, electric bass, drums, percussion and the leader's bass) is quite adventurous without losing sight of its roots. Among the better-known sidemen are trumpeters Ahmed Abdullah and Roy Campbell, altoists Mark Whitecage and Jemeel Moondoc and guest tenor Frank Wright. The consistently exciting music serves as proof that there is life for creative big bands after the end of the swing era and apart from the stage band movement. Recommended.