Produced by two-time Grammy nominee Pete McGuinness and featuring some of the most prominent jazz and Broadway musicians in the New York area, including alumni of the Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, John Fedchock and Maria Schneider big bands, Dreaming Big highlights the music of composer/arranger Brett Gold. Containing 11 original compositions by Brett Gold, Dreaming Big leads the listener through the almost infinite moods, styles and possibilities of the contemporary jazz orchestra.
Here's what John Fedchock, two-time Grammy nominee, virtuoso trombonist, arranger, and leader of the John Fedchock New York Big Band has to say about Dreaming Big:
"Dreaming Big is a creative outing that not only breaks new imaginative ground, but also respects that which has come before. Brett Gold’s composing brings a fresh perspective, utilizing a post-modernist approach that also preserves essential elements sustained throughout the jazz canon. This is not an easy task, but the strength in Brett’s writing gives his music a particularly personalized and unified identity. From works derived via tone rows or nurtured through spiritual inspiration, to others infused with the blues or fueled by the energy of Latin jazz, Dreaming Big gives the listener a special tour inclusive of the gamut of styles, colors and emotions that a true jazz orchestra is built to sustain.
"Brett also doesn’t lose sight of the fact that he has unique solo voices within his ensemble. Rather than simply utilizing these soloists as colors or textures to enhance his compositions, he allows each considerable time in the spotlight, showcasing them with well-designed backdrops that reinforce each solo voice, enabling them to shine with intensified brilliance.
"I’m proud to be among the first to welcome Brett Gold’s New York Jazz Orchestra to the world of music. Brett’s longtime dream is now a reality and the result is indeed a big one. So sit back, take in this beautiful music, and enjoy the journey."