Drummer Charli Persip's second album as a leader (and first in 20 years) was the debut set of his "Superband," a modern 17-piece orchestra. Co-led by trumpeter/arranger Gerry LaFurn, the big band has some particularly interesting musicians within its ranks, including trumpeters Jack Walrath, Frank Gordon and Chris Albert (who is featured on "Once In a While"), trombonist Charles Stevens, altoist Monty Waters, Bill Saxton on tenor, baritonist Gary Smulyan, pianist Garry Dial and Bob Stewart on tuba. They perform two standards (including "Manteca") and four group originals, with Walrath's "King Duke" being a highlight. This underrated and highly enjoyable set has not yet been reissued on CD.
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