Loren Schoenberg

Manhattan Work Song

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Loren Schoenberg's Jazz Orchestra (which has been around for over a decade) is a top-notch modern swing band with a fresh repertoire, mostly new arrangements and a lot of colorful soloists who are able to make the most of their short spots. This CD, their fifth recording, is one of their most rewarding. Such arrangers as Schoenberg, Mark Lopeman, James Chirillo, John Carisi (his last work, a new version of his advanced "Springville"), Bill Finegan, Nat Pierce and Benny Carter contributed charts. Four lesser-known Ellington pieces are among the highpoints while solo-wise Schoenberg's full-toned tenor often takes honors although there are also features for baritonist Danny Bank and Ken Peplowski. It would be nice to hear the musicians get more opportunities to stretch out beyond the usual three- to five-minute time limit but this is a satifying effort.