H2 Big Band Dance Party
Jul 22, 2017
- Location: Dazzle
- 1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
- Price: $20
- 6:30 PM & 9:00 PM
In any musical group, there is an important concept known as ensemble. Ensemble is an umbrella term for everything that goes into the group playing together. Not only must the individual notes begin and end with precision, they must be interpreted as a group. Any infraction, no matter how slight, lessens the effort of the group. There are plenty of examples of superior ensemble playing: the Count Basie band, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Robert Shaw Chorale, etc. However, many groups perfect their ensemble technique by playing together on a regular basis. In the case of the H2 Big Band co-led by trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson, the hand-picked group achieves a remarkable ensemble with an absolute minimum of rehearsals and performances together.
The band’s debut CD “You’re It” has just been released by Jazzed Media. Most of the musicians are from the Denver/Boulder area, but three of the five trumpets are from out of town, as is one of the saxophonists. Without question, the musicians know each other and have gigged together in various combinations, but never all in the same big band. There was one rehearsal for the CD, followed by two days of recording. Most of the final recordings were achieved with a minimum of takes, and the results—especially the ensemble playing—are spectacular.