The New England Jazz Ensemble

Peter and the Wolf (The New England Jazz Ensemble)

The New England Jazz Ensemble is a large jazz orchestra comprising regionally based artist-performers. The group features original and contemporary jazz arrangements and compositions, mostly written and arranged by the ensemble’s members. It is a performance group as well as a composer’s forum.
Peter and the Wolf is the group’s 6th recording in its 35+ year history.
The New England Jazz Ensemble:
– Perpetuates the uniquely American large jazz ensemble as an art medium
– Commissions and promoted the writing of new work for large jazz ensemble
– Reaches culturally diverse audiences and educates the public about jazz

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Giacomo Gates, Narrator and Peter and the Wolf Jazzbretto Author (tracks 1,2)

John Mastroianni, Soprano Sax and “Chirp” soloist, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Robert DePalma, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Michael Leventhal, Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Larry Dvorin, Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Lisa LaDone, Bass Clarinet, “Cat” soloist, Baritone Sax

Jeff Holmes, Trumpet/Conductor, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steven Fitzko, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Donald Clough, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Adam Mejaour, Trumpet and “Quacker” Soloist, Flugelhorn
Hank Zorn, Trumpet

Ben Griffin, Trombone and “Wolf” (tracks 1,2)
Tim Atherton, Trombone and “Wolf”
Peter McEachern, Trombone and “Wolf”
David Sporny, Trombone (tracks 3,4,5,6)
David Wampler, Bass Trombone and “Wolf”

Walter Gwardyak, Piano, Accordion
Steven Bulmer, Producer, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, and “Grandfather” Soloist
Jon Mele, Drums and “The Hunters” Soloist

Recorded at Rotary Records, West Springfield, MA
Warren Amerman, Owner/ Engineer

Track Listing

  1. Introduction [1:54]
  2. Peter and the Wolf [33:42]
  3. Serge’s Birds [6:03]
  4. Power Serge [7:29]
  5. Waltzin’ with Wolves [8:37]
  6. Wolves [7:23]

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