Sudden Appearance (2011)


The Danjam Orchestra’s debut recording. Released May 17th, 2011.
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Toronto bred and New York based composer/arranger/saxophonist Daniel Jamieson presents the debut recording of his big band, The Danjam Orchestra. Inspired first by home-town heroes, Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Jamieson later was exposed to the works of Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely (who produced this session), and others while furthering his studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Featuring the great drumming of John Riley and a program of inspired original compositions, the band also performs a lush and swinging arrangement of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, and a darting, dissonant treatment of Alone Together.

1. Alone Together 9:18
soloists: Alex LoRe, Mat Jodrell
2. Calming 7:23
soloists: Justin Gray, Sam Harris, Nils Weinhold, John Riley
3. Crunchy Peanut Butter 8:04
soloists: Sam Dillon, Philip Dizack
4. Song for Anna 7:22
soloists: Eddy Hackett, Anna Webber
5. Sudden Appearance 12:15
soloists: Andrew Gould, Eric Miller, Matt Holman
6. Chance Encounter 7:34
soloists: Sam Harris, Mike Ruby, Matt Holman, John Riley
7. Ballad for Hope 5:41
soloist: Anna Webber
8. Smile 7:19
soloist: Daniel Jamieson (alto sax)

Woodwinds: Andrew Gould, Alex LoRe, Anna Webber, Mike Ruby, Sam Dillon
Trumpets: Dan Urness, Matt Holman, Mat Jodrell, Philip Dizack
Trombones: Sara Jacovino, Eric Miller, Heather Segger, Max Seigel
Voice: Jihye Kim (tracks 2, 4 & 7), Guitar: Nils Weinhold
Piano: Sam Harris, Bass: Justin Gray, Drums: John Riley
Percussion: Eddy Hackett (tracks 4 & 7)
Composer & Conductor: Daniel Jamieson

All music composed & arranged by Daniel Jamieson (SOCAN), except: Alone Together, composed by Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, and Smile, composed by Charlie Chaplin. A big thank you to those whose generous gifts made this CD possible. Additional thanks to Paul & Brenda Jamieson, Alex Dean, Dave Liebman, Pablo Masis, Rob McConnell, Steve McFarlane, Jim McNeely, Dave Neill, John Pagnotta, P.J. Perry, Terry Promane, Paul Read, Tim Ries, & Caitlin Smith.

Produced by
Jim McNeely & Daniel Jamieson
Recorded & Mixed by
Jon Rosenberg
Recorded at
Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ on May 28th & 29th, 2010
Mastered by
Alan Silverman, Arf! Mastering, NYC
Assistant Producer
Caitlin Smith
Assistant Engineer
Brian Chirlo
Photography by
Will Boisture
Cover Design by
John Bishop

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