University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One

Memento

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The majority of college big band albums have most of their value as souvenirs for the young musicians and their parents, documenting a happy time in their lives. Memento is no exception, although the playing is on a higher level than usual for a college stage band. The teenagers are challenged by a couple originals by their director, Chris Merz, along with selections by Benny Carter, Jim McNeely, Joey Sellers, and others. The ensemble work is impressive, the solos are not bad, and one can hear potential in some of the players. Still, this set is mostly of interest to the musicians, their relatives, and true fans of college bands.

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