The Kicks Band is a part-time jazz big band that features strong musicianship and swinging playing. Based in Oregon, the orchestra, which is co-led by altoist Susie May Jones, trumpeter David Mills and trombonist Geoff Craig, plays modern straight-ahead jazz with arrangements contributed by various bandmembers. There are no "names" among the sidemen but the soloists (which include altoist Kirt Peterson, tenor saxophonist Bryan Dickerson, trumpeter Paul Mazzio, trombonist Geoff Craig and the alternating pianists Gordon Lee and Larry Natwick) are excellent, the ensembles are clean and the group is quite spirited and enthusiastic. Fans of modern stage bands will enjoy this 1995 outing from the Kicks Band.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow