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Date Added: Tuesday 17 September, 2013
America The Beautiful recording is 5 star quality. The best instrumental version of this song I have ever listened to. Thanks. R.A., Texas..

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Let's Dance
by gerson
Date Added: Tuesday 02 October, 2012
great cd

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Let's Dance
by Altissimo
Date Added: Friday 10 August, 2012
There is a misconception that Naxos is just a budget classical recording label that is foremost in the recording of obscure material. If you were looking for an obscure tone poem from Glazunov they likely had recorded it. Were you also aware that they distribute material for the smaller relatively unknown labels? This is the case with this new release of big band standards by a group of men who call themselves The United States Air Force Airmen of Note formed in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band which was hardly what we think of when a marching and concert band is mentioned. We’re not talking Sousa here but a well rehearsed 17 piece swing band that sounds as well as the big bands of the 40’s. The recording engineer whoever he might be (confusing liner notes) knew exactly where to place the microphones to bring out the best sound. It was crisp and conveyed the feeling that they were playing for you right in your living room. You did not get that feeling of muddiness where you can hear the melody fine but there is no separation between the brass and the woodwinds and the percussion is over miked creating that pounding feeling that headaches are made of. The opening of "Satin Doll" is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. You can easily hear the piano, bass, and drums as three separate entities. The extended trombone solo was recorded in such a way that while Jeff Martin was featured the rest of the orchestra was quite distinct and a part of a well tuned machine. Included in the orchestra is a baritone sax as well as a bass trombone which definitely enhance the sound of the ensemble. I’m including the track "April in Paris" which will only you an idea of the type of sound that they offer. The lower bit rate does no justice to the sound quality. airmen of note april in paris Starting off the CD is a nice swing version of "Jeep Jockey Jump" (a Miller tune) and a style that will set the tone for the majority of the tracks. If your familiar with the original Mancini recording of "Dreamsville " from his Peter Gunn album you’ll find that the brass harmony sounds exactly like Hank ! The arrangements will offer a number of alto and tenor sax solos as well as trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and drum. and most of the band members are given the opportunity to have their licks. Don’t look for anything or improvisational or special as the band takes from stock arrangements by Oliver, May, Gray and others you’re familiar with but plays them with a nice bounce that will make you want to get out of your chair and dance. Find original source here: http://sdtom.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/lets-dance-airmen-of-n-
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Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Date Added: Monday 23 July, 2012
By Jack Kopstein - There are a number of ALTISSIMO marches CDs similar to NOT SOUSA 4... Where Random collections of selected music are put together on one march CD. Previous NOT SOUSA albums in particular have been the inspiration for many of these potpourri collections. In this recording twenty of the most celebrated standards are included. The countless stirring march titles that are not often heard are front and center on this collection. Also, as a serious military band listener I like to know who is performing the music. The bands are proudly proclaimed and are highlighted on the album jewel case stating in red The United States Military Bands. The recording quality is outstanding. This CD gives you 20 exceptional and historic hits by several international march composers. Another feature of this album is the linear notes which give an in depth review of the composers and the marches contained on the CD. The Not Sousa series continues to grow in popularity and this one is no doubt one of the best CDs in the series. Two of the world’s most memorable circus march hits - Karl King’s Barnum and Baily and Duble’s Bravura are included . It is very difficult to find as many of these magnificent compositions on other albums. Record Producer Stacy Flankey has expertly selected versions of this music with great marches such as Morton Gould’s Red Cavalry march and the RB Hall timeless masterpiece Independentia. Marches in this collection have withstood the test of time- Solid Men to the Front by the great Claudia Grafulla, Herman Blankenurg’s thrilling The Gladiator’s Farewell. This collection is a tribute to the great march composers of the world and the album is superb. Call, or write and order a copy, you will be thrilled with the power and glory of the great American Service bands playing wonderful march music of distinction...

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Date Added: Monday 23 July, 2012
Posted by Ira Novoselsky in "Band World" - I sincerely hope the cover of this recording is not considered blasphemous. The point made is the great marches for band did not just come from the pen of John Philip Sousa. This compilation includes three of the most famous marches instantly recognized by the listener; Americans We (Fillmore) Barnum & Bailey's Favorite (King) and Graf Zeppelin/The Conqueror (Teike). The other seventeen marches have various degrees of recognition from the somewhat obscure (El Dorado by Victor Herbert) to the classic Independentia (R.B. Hall). A very interesting side note I should add to this fine collection; Altissimo! Recordings has acquired the legendary Heritage of the March series researched & developed by Robert Hoe. Several marches from this series appear on this recording and the reproduction is excellent. Not Sousa Volume 4 is a CD no band library should be without...

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

Date Added: Monday 23 July, 2012
Posted by Ira Novoselsky in "Band World" There are several surprises awaiting within this excellent collection of Henry Fillmore's music, not the least being the title taken from a march written under the pseudonym Harold Bennett. In addition to several of Fillmore's great marches, there is also Mt. Healthy which was written under the pseudonym Gus Beans (of Lima, Ohio… get it?). Also included is a rare recording of Fillmore's setting of the Star-Spangeld Banner (the Trumpeting Arrangement). The printed music is published with a harmonization of Reveille on the same page; this harmonization is not included on the recording. Some extremely informative performance notes by William Clayton Miller are a most valuable bonus to this CD. I STRONGLY recommend this fine recording for everyone from the casual listener to conductors, educators and researchers...

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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