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Epistrophy

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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"Epistrophy" by Monk arranged for The Capitol Bones by Tony Nalker featuring Jay Gibble on trombone and Tony Nalker on piano

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One Note Samba

Matt Niess

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"One Note Samba" arranged for The Capitol Bones by Mike Tomaro featuring Jim McFalls on trombone and Tony Nalker on piano.

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I Mean You

Matt Niess

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"I Mean You" by Monk arranged for The Capitol Bones by Mike Tomaro featuring Jim Mcfalls and Matt Niess on trombone and Jim Roberts on bass.

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Inner Urge

Matt Niess

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"Inner Urge" by Joe Henderson arranged for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess featuring Matt Niess on trombone and Tony Nalker on piano

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Maiden Voyage

Matt Niess

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"Maiden Voyage" by Herbie Hancock arranged for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess featuring Jim Roberts on guitar and Matt Niess on trombone.

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Stolen Moments

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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Stolen Moments by Oliver nelson arranged by Bob Olsen featuring Jay Gibble and Matt Niess (trombone)

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DeCoupage

Matt Niess

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"DeCoupage" by Hank Levy orchestrated for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess featuring Jim McFalls on trombone and Tony Nalker on piano

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Conspiracy Theory

Matt Niess

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"Conspiracy Theory" by Mike Tomaro arranged for The Capitol Bones featuring Matt Niess on trombone and Jim Roberts on guitar.

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The Beat Goes On

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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The Beat Goes on arranged for The Capitol Bones by Alan Baylock featuring Matt Niess on trombone and Shawn Purcell on guitar.

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Song for Bilbao

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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Song for Bilbao by Pat Metheny arranged for The Capitol Bones by Alan Baylock featuring Jim McFalls on trombone and Jim McFalls on guitar.

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Single Petal of a Rose

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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Single Petal of a Rose by Duke Ellington from The Queen's Suite arranged for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess featuring bass trombonist Jeff Cortazzo.

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In Walked Horace

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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In Walked Horace by JJ Johnson arranged by and featuring Matt Niess (trombone) and Zachary Niess (trombone).

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In a Sentimantal Mood

Matt Niess

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Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" orchestrated for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess featuring Zach Niess on trombone and Tony Nalker on piano. Based on Michel Petrucciani's version.

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Chicago Medley

Matt Niess

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Chicago Medley consisting of portions of "Make me Smile", "Free", "The Approaching Storm", and "Man vs. Man" arranged by Matt Niess for The Capitol Bones featuring Jim McFalls and Matt Niess on trombone.

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Felicity

Matt Niess

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"Felicity" from "Two Pieces for Three Trombones" by Raymond Premru arranged for The Capitol Bones by Matt Niess.

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Felicity & Episode

Matt Niess

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Felicity & Episode from Raymond Premru's Two Pieces for Three Trombones paired together and arranged for The CapitolBones by Matt Niess

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Sugar

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones

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Sugar by Stanley Turrentine arranged by Matt Niess featuring Don Sheehan (bass trombone), Dan Haverstock (trombone), Tony Nalker (organ)

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A Stan Kenton Christmas

Matt Niess & The Capitol Bones All-Brass Big Band

Here’s a generous helping of holiday cheer from the Capitol Bones Big Band that’s sure to help make anyone’s season happy and bright. Having somehow overlooked Stan Kenton’s album Merry Christmas more than forty years ago, I was delighted to learn that the DC-based Capitol Bones planned to record a new one using trumpets, mellophones and some of the original charts penned by Ralph Carmichael or Stan himself. Now that I’ve listened to the album, that delight has given way to admiration, as A Stan Kenton Christmas is even better than envisioned.

Inspired by Kenton’s earlier endeavor, the Bones are flat-out brilliant when performing eight of Carmichael’s colorful charts, Stan’s Kenton-ized version of “Adeste Fideles” and half a dozen fabulous arrangements by members of the band. As Carmichael and Kenton wrote entirely for the ensemble (their charts are relatively concise, with “Adeste Fideles” at 2:54 the longest), soloists are stage center only on the newer arrangements. Trombonist Jay Gibble is featured on Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” (arranged by Jim Roberts), trumpeter Graham Breedlove on Bob Wells / Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song” (arranged by trombonist Matt Niess), Niess and mellophonist Terry Bingham on “Greensleeves” (arranged by Niess), Breedlove, trumpeter Craig Fraedrich and trombonist Jim McFalls on “My Favorite Things” (also arranged by Niess). McFalls, Fraedrich and drummer Steve Fidyk add the solo firepower on “Big Bad Drummin’ Dude,” a muscular chart by Niess that deftly juxtaposes elements of “The Little Drummer Boy” with trumpeter Ray Wetzel’s familiar “Intermission Riff.” The album closes with “Away in a Manger,” neatly scored by pianist Tony Nalker (who comps marvelously throughout) as a showcase for the band’s superlative trombone section. In addition to the six ’bones (four tenor, two bass) and rhythm, the ensemble houses five trumpets (ably quarterbacked by Liesl Whitaker) and four mellophones, fairly close to the same lineup used by Kenton on Merry Christmas. ---Jack Bowers

Track Listing: Angels We Have Heard on High; O Tannenbaum; We Three Kings; Adeste Fideles; Christmas Time Is Here; Good King Wenceslas; Greensleeves; The Holly and the Ivy; My Favorite Things; O Holy Night; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; The Christmas Song; Once in Royal David

Personnel: Mark Taylor, director; Liesl Whitaker, Ken McGee, Craig Fraedrich, Graham Breedlove, Roger Rossi, trumpet; Matt Niess, Jim McFalls, Jay Gibble, Todd Baldwin, trombone; Jerry Amoury, Jeff Cortazzo, bass trombone; Gil Hoffer, Terry Bingham, James McKenzie, Rick Lee, mellophone; Tony Nalker, piano, celeste; Jim Roberts, bass; Steve Fidyk, drums; Harold Summery, percussion.

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Other Recordings

To The Edge

Mark Taylor

Writer and arranger Mark Taylor has a long and illustrious career with his associations to the Stan Kenton Orchestra. The whole album has a nice variety of writing from Mark Taylor and it is hard to imagine the music could have been played any better. A very enjoyable listen for fans of big band jazz; highly recommended. Can be purchased from Cdbaby.com

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