Peter Herborn's arrangements on Large One for his 17-piece big band are quite advanced and sometimes a little reminiscent (though not derivative) of both Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. His three originals and two by Gary Thomas are not particularly memorable melody-wise but contain stirring ensembles and unpredictable solos. In addition the band performs a song apiece by McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, and Thelonious Monk ("Misterioso"). The main soloists are tenor saxophonist Thomas, Greg Osby (on alto and soprano), trombonist Robin Eubanks, trumpeter Dave Ballou, pianist Uri Caine, and guitarist Marvin Sewell, all of whom sound challenged by the material. This is a set that grows in interest with each listen.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
feat: Dave Ballou