Various Artists

VÖ: 01.10.1992

Genre: Bigband

No longer available

ACT 9212-2, 4014897921221
WDR BIGBAND conducted by Vince Mendoza

Michael Brecker - tenor saxaphone
Al Di Meola - electric guitar
Peter Erskine - drums
Dieter Ilg - bass
Steve Khan - electric guitar
Freddie Santiago - percussion

Recorded: Sony 48 Track Digital Equipment, WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany in July 1992 except #9 recorded live at Philharmonic Hall, Cologne on July 9, 1992
Additional recordings at Skyline Studios New York, USA in September 1992
Engineer: Reinhold Nickel, Frank Schneider, Jürgen Königsfeld (Assistant), Ruth Witt (Assistant), James Farber
Mix: James Farber at Wisseloort Studios, Hilversum and Skyline Studios, New York
Mastering: Greg Calby at Sterling Sound, New York
Produced: Siegfried Loch

"JAZZPAÑA, the most ambitious recording project ever undertaken by Siggi Loch in a most active and extensive music business career, fuses American jazz and the flamenco music of Andalusia in a most imaginative, adventurous, and inspirational way. JAZZPAÑA is a showcase for the special compositional and arranging skills af Arif Mardin and Vince Mendoza, for the impeccable and dynamic section work of the WDR Big Band, for the exotic, extrovert artistry of Ramon El Portugues and Los Jovenes Flamencos, and for the assured and articulate playing of top jazz guest players Michael Brecker, Al Di Meola, Steve Khan, and Peter Erskine. Furthermore, JAZZPAÑA reveals Vince Mendoza as a composer and arranger of immense talent and imagination. This music inevitably prompts comparism with the classic Gill Evans - Miles Davis collaboration of 1959, Sketches of Spain. ...but Mendoza has his own individual identity, approaching the task of composing and arranging rather like a painter creating a landscape of canvas."

Nominated for two GRAMMY AWARDS in 1994.