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Green, Peter. "UK CD Reviews: Two Different Days, Rob Parton,"
Big Bands International
May 2005, p.14. (Trade Magazine)
By Peter Green

ROB PARTON'S JAZZTECH BIG BAND

"Two Different Days" Sea Breeze SB-2133. 73.06 minutes.

Soon | On A Misty Night | Speak Low | How Deep Is The Ocean | Take The 'A' Train | I'm Getting Sentimental Over You | Blue Daniel | Never Will I Marry | My One And Only Love | Bernie's Tune | Blue Getz Blues | Two Different Days | She s Gone.

This wonderful straight ahead swinging 17-piece big band has got everything, a very high degree of perfection, superb soloists in all departments plus scintillating arrangements all fronted by Rob Parton on trumpet and flugelhorn - everything with swings. This is their fifth CD for Sea Breeze and their best so far. Listen to the delicious up tempo treatment of TD's signature tune "I'm Getting Sentimental" without losing its identity with absolutely superb trombone by Tom Garling. Another slJper rendering is Tadd Dameron's "On A Misty Night" with Don Slillie on piano, Ron Ruvio on flugelhorn and Mike Smith, alto. Then there is the witty arrangement of "Bernie's Tune" with the excellent playing of longtime band members, Bob Frankich on alto and Mark Colby on tenor plus Tim Coffman, trombone and Kirk Garrison on trumpet followed by the blazing "Blue Getz Blues" with superb bubbling tenor once again by Mark Colby, then there is the sheer drive of "Two Different Days" with the darting trombone of Tom Garling and the trumpet of Ron Ruvio. The last number, a complete change of instrumentation is just beautiful with Rob on flugelhorn plus 21 strings and a rhythm section. There. is not one dull track, everything is beautifully recorded. A superb shouting band from Chicago with not a famous name in sight, plus a great ensemble sound. Go out and buy it.


Jazz Improv Magazine
Volume 6, Number 1

By Winthrop Bedford

Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band TWO DIFFERENT DAYS-Sea Breeze. 805489-2055.

Soon; On a Misty Night; Speak Low; How Deep is the Ocean; Take The "A" Train; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Blue Daniel; Never Will I Many; My One and Only Love; Bernie's Tune; Blue Getz Blues; Two Different Days; She's Gone.

PERSONNEL: Bob Frankich, Bob Rzeszutko, Ken Partyka, Mark Colby, Brian Budzik, Ted Hogarth, saxophones; Rob Parton, Scott Wagstaff, Kirk Garrison, Mike McGrath, August Haas, Fred Powell, Marty Tilton, trumpets; Tom Garling, Tim Coffman, Andy Baker, Brian Jacobi, Dan Johnson, Bryan Tipps, Thomas Matta, trombones; Don Stille, piano; Bob Rummage, guitar; Tim Fox, bass; Chris Siebold, drums.

Two Different Days is the latest release by Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band and it jumps out energetically. The first track features George Gershwin's "Soon," arranged by Don Schamber. Schamber also arranged several other standards on this release including "Speak Low," "How Deep is the Ocean," "Take the' A' Train," and "My One and Only Love." "Soon" is rendered as a medium up-tempo swing piece. The precision of the ensemble, and each of the sections is a highlight. More than that it is bolstered by impressive intonation, a driving rhythm section, and impressively articulated eighth note lines, authentically embodying what the heritage of this music is about. Schamber is one of several arrangers who contributed to the repertoire for this recording. One of my other observations is that this first arrangement suggested that Schamber has listened attentively to the Rob McConnell Big Band-which had its heyday in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s. The ebb and flow of the dynamics, the development throughout his arrangement, the voicings, counterlines to the melodic line of a given section, the rhythmic approach all suggested McConnell's influence. One of the devices McConnell used was orchestrating a brass ensemble chorus, unaccompanied by the rhythm section. He would then build out of that and lead towards a tutti (full band) shout chorus or climax to end the piece. Schamber employs that effectively on "Soon."

One of the challenges of writing for big band is to create an arrangement that leaves spaces for solos-where the platform for soloists does not seem like the soloist is merely filling in some blanks, until the band can get back to the arranger's possible business at hand-of showing off his/her writing. That kind of arranging means knowing who the soloist is likely to be or that the soloist might be sensitive enough to understand the writer's approach and accommodate the particular arrangement accordingly. On the flipside of that is making sure that the writing is not merely window dressing for a selected soloist. Both concepts are challenging given the transient nature of players in today's environment not necessarily having long-time commit- ments to any band or ensemble.

Rob Parton's band does a remarkable job of maximizing their musical efforts in blending the creative needs and desires of the soloist and the hopes ofthe arranger for the ensemble.

"On a Misty Night" is one of my favorite Tadd Dameron compositions. Dameron's music is harmonically rich and gives experienced arranger's like Thomas Matta, much with which to create. Matta's arrangement works perfectly. The rhythm section, led by Don Stille's piano solo, sets the medium groove tempo-a two beat approach growing into 4/4 swing. The opening chorus sets up the entry of the saxes and trombones with supportive unison lines by the brass. Ron Ruvio offers a beautifully lyrical solo on flugelhorn, delightfully complementing Dameron's conception. Mike Smith turns in a fine solo on alto sax as well.

Schamber's turns Kurt Weill's "Speak Low" into an up-tempo samba. Leader Rob Parton takes the solo spotlight on this onedemonstrating his range on trumpet, and his good taste. "How Deep is the Ocean" opens quietly-as a ballad-featuring trombonist Tom Garling. The arrangement evolves into a medium swing pace with some dialog between the brass and saxes, and then Garling gets to stretch out. Schamber serves up a straight forward arrangement of Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train." This one has the requisite abundance of energy, and once again the ensembles, dialogues, rhythmic approach, and overall sound are reminiscent of McConnell's Boss Brass Big Band. Trombonist gets additional space to open upon Matta's fresh up-tempo, swinging arrangement of Tommy Dorsey's signature, ''I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." The saxophone soli a highlight driving, and crisply executed with passion.

The band switches gears to play an arrangement by Kirk Garrison of the late trombonist Frank Rosolino's, "Blue Daniel." This lyrical melody, features solos by trumpeter Kirk Garrison. Tenor saxophonist Mark Colby gets a chance to shine-his personalized and sometimes subtle sound, offering a foil to the surroundings. Leader Palion shines on Chris Madsen's arrangement of "Never Will I Marry"-a composition which I have often associated with Cannonball Adderley, because of his 1960s recording. Schamber's arrangement of the unforgettable ballad "My One and Only Love" is magnificent and a much appreciated change. It blossoms briefly into a bossa groove, and features Parton delivering a rich, lyrical solo with a big round sound. The title track, "Two Different Days," is composed and arranged by trombonist Tom Garling and is the one original of the thirteen tracks. An up-tempo feature, with blowing over longer harmonic rhythms.

Rob Parton's Two Different Days is an impressive big band release, with superb writing and ensemble playing from end to end.


Cadence Magazine 

ROB PARTON, TWO DIFFERENT DAYS, SEA BREEZE 2133.

Soon, On a Misty Night, Speak Low, How Deep Is the Ocean, Take the “A” Train, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Blue Daniel, Never Will I Marry, My One and Only Love, Bernie's Tune, Blue Getz Blues, Two Different Days, She's Gone, 73:06.

Parton, leader, tpt, flh; Bob Frankich, Bob Rzeszutko (1-5, 7, 9-13), as, flt (4); Ken Partyka (6, 8), as; Mark Colby, Brian Budzik, Ts; Ted Hogarth, bari sax; Scott Wagstaff, Kirk Garrison, Mike McGrath, August Haas (7, 10), Fred Powell (3, 4, 9, 10), Marty Tilton (1, 5), tpt; Tom Garling, Tim Coffman {2-4, 9), Andy Baker (1, 5, 7, 10), Brian Jacobi (1-5, 7, 9-12), Dan Johnson (6, 8), Bryan Tipps (1, 3-9), tbn; Thomas Matta, b tbn; Don Stille, p; Chris Siebold, g; Tim Fox, b; Bob Rummage, d. Track 13 only-Elliot Golub, Sibbi Bemhardsson, Amy Cutler, Fox Fehling, Teresa Fream, Roberta Freier, Simin Ganatra, Stefan Hersh, Melanie Kupchynsky, Ann Palen, Ronald Satkiewicz, Rika Seko, Robert Swan, Yun Zhang, vln; Catherjne Brubaker, Keith Conant, Kristin Figard, Masumi Rostad, via; Katinka Kleijn, Lawrence Brown, Richard Hirsch, cel; Michael Kocour, p; laITY Kohut, b; Rummage, d. Guest artists Mike Smith (2), as; Ron Ruvio (2, 12), tpt, flh. Chicago, IL, May 1, 8, July 14, 2004.

(1). The sixth album by Rob Parton's superlative Chicago-based Jazz Tech Big Band, is arguably the best one yet, even though each of the others can advance a strong case on its own behalf. Parton, an outstanding lead/jazz trumpeter, always makes sure he has a seasoned pro in every chair, and when it comes to choosing charismatic songs to play, he seldom errs. Every member of the band is not only a first-rate soloist but a conscientious teammate who works hard to make sure everyone else sounds good. The result is a superb studio date engulfed with electrifying solos and exhilarating ensemble passages that burns from start to finish. Everything starts, as always, with great charts, and there are five ("Soon," "Speak Low," "How Deep Is the Ocean:' "Take the 'A' Train:' "My One and Only Love") by the brilliant Don Schamber, two each by Thomas Malta ("On a Misty Night," ''I'm Getting, Sentimental Over You"), Kirk Garrison ("Blue Daniel," "Bernie's Tune") and Chris Madsen ("Never Will I Marry," "Blue Getz Blues"). Trombonist Tom Garling arranged "Two Different Days" and Cliff Colnot scored Chuck Mangione's "She's Gone" to showcase Parton's gossamer flugel with a string.orchestra. Parton is featured as well on "Speak Low," "My One and Only Love" and (with pianist Don Stille) on "Never Will I Marry," Garling on "Sentimental:' tenor Mark Colby on "Blue Getz: Guests Ron Ruvio (flugel) and Mike Smith (alto) frame enchanting solos on Tadd Dameron's "Misty Night:' while Ruvio (trumpet) and Garling share the honors on "Two Different Days:' Others heard to good advantage are trumpeters Garrison ana Mike McGrath, alto Bob Frankich, tenor Brian Budzik, baritone Ted Hogarth, trombonist Tim Coffman and guitarist Chris Siebold. The rhythm section (Stille, Siebold, bassist Tim Fox, drummer Bob Rummage) is a paragon of symmetry and strength.

If you love big bands as I do, you mustn't overlook this one.


All About Jazz

By Ed Blanco

Review: Two Different Days is the latest and in my opinion, the best of Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band CDs. The music is straight ahead modern big band style. Performed by a seventeen piece orchestra comprised of Chicago based musicians that together define what the modern big band jazz ensemble is today. This is one group of musicians that really set the charts on fire on this CD.

Two Different Days takes off from the very first number "Soon," a George Gershwin composition and Don Schamber arrangement, that seems to set the tone for this high flying CD. While there are few original compositions, there are many notable standards such as "Speak Low," "Take the A Train," and "How Deep is the Ocean". Schamber's arrangements turn these tunes into some hot cooking big band sounds that will surely find one replaying the tracks in the CD player of your car, your home and in your brain! Thomas Matta's arrangement of "On a Misty Night",a Tadd Dameron writing, is one musical score that highlights the Jazztech band's wonderful brass section that features a scorching sax solo by tenor sax man Mark Colby. Colby's sax solos are simply sublime. You hear his work throughout this enjoyable CD and is again prominently featured in the tune "Blue Getz Blue," originally written for the master, Stan Getz, and here supremely interpreted by Colby.

Not to be outdone, Rob Parton's lead trumpet leaves his mark on many of the tracks but none so eloquently and with such class as in "She's Gone," a sweet song penned by Chuck Mangione. "She's Gone" finds Parton on flugelhorn backed up by twenty six members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera to produce one beautiful jazz love song that goes directly to the heart.

This thirteen track CD is an energizing and explosive, in your face, proof that modern big band jazz is very alive and kicking, garnishing new interest and fans every day. As Parton himself writes in the liner notes of this CD,"Much has changed in the area of modern big band...it is indeed an exciting time for American jazz". We will certainly hear much more from Rob Parton and this big band in the future.

Tracks: 1.Soon, 2.On A Misty Night, 3.Speak Low, 4.How Deep is The Ocean, 5.Take The A Train, 6.I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, 7.Blue Daniel, 8.Never Will I Marry, 9.My one and Only Love, 10.Bernie's Tune, 11.Blue Getz Blue, 12.Two Different Days, 13.She's Gone


All About Jazz

By Jack Bowers

Two Different Days —and one terrific band. This is the sixth album recorded by trumpeter Rob Parton's cyclonic ensemble from the Windy City, and while every one of them has been spectacular in its own way, this one may well earn the blue ribbon as best in show.

Simply put, this is a band that has everything—scrupulous section work, stalwart soloists and a superb rhythm section spearheaded by Chicago's premier big band drummer, Bob Rummage. But even though the competition is fierce, what sets Days apart from Parton's earlier albums, in this reviewer's opinion, is his splendid choice of material, which leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. It's almost as if Parton said to his sidemen, “Let's get together in a studio and record some songs that Jack Bowers would really appreciate.” That didn't happen, of course, but it may as well have, as the outcome is the same.

Any album that opens with a mind-blowing arrangement of George Gershwin's “Soon,” as this one does, has laid a hammerlock on my heart from the outset. That's the first of five markedly impressive charts by ace writer Don Schamber, complementing two apiece by Thomas Matta, Chris Madsen and Kirk Garrison, trombonist Tom Garling's dynamic “Two Different Days” and Cliff Colnot's ethereal orchestration (with string section) of Chuck Mangione's soulful “She's Gone.” Parton, one of that rare breed of trumpeters who plays jazz as well as he plays lead—and that's about as well as anyone can—is showcased on “Speak Low,” “My One and Only Love” and “She's Gone,” tenor saxophonist Mark Colby on the debonair “Blue Getz Blues,” Garling on bass trombonist Matta's fast-paced treatment of the venerable Tommy Dorsey theme “I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.”
Matta also arranged Tadd Dameron's bop classic “On a Misty Night,” which houses handsome solos by pianist Don Stille, flugel Ron Ruvio and guest alto Mike Smith. Trumpeter Garrison shares the solo spotlight with Colby on Frank Rosolino's “Blue Daniel,” and with Colby, lead alto Bob Frankich and trombonist Tim Coffman on Bernie Miller's “Bernie's Tune,” both of which he arranged. Stille and Parton are unerring on Madsen's arrangement of “Never Will I Marry,” Garling and guitarist Chris Siebold the same on Irving Berlin's “How Deep Is the Ocean,” another Schamber chart, as is Billy Strayhorn's “Take the 'A' Train” (solos by Stille, tenor Brian Budzik, trombonist Brian Jacobi, baritone Ted Hogarth). Coffman, Colby and trumpeter Mike McGrath present well-crafted statements on “Soon,” Garling and trumpeter Ruvio on “Two Different Days.”

Parton, who has been presiding over the JazzTech Big Band for more than two decades, says the ensemble has found its identity “as a straight-ahead, swingin', hometown Chicago band performing because we love to play creative and original big-band Jazz.” That's more than mere philosophy; it's an undeniable fact, one that Two Different Days, one of the year's most impressive big band albums, readily underscores and emphatically affirms.

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Track listing: Soon; On a Misty Night; Speak Low; How Deep Is the Ocean; Take the "A" Train; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Blue Daniel; Never Will I Marry; My One and Only Love; Bernie's Tune; Blue Getz Blues; Two Different Days; She's Gone (73:06).

Personnel: Rob Parton, leader, trumpet, flugelhorn; Scott Wagstaff, Kirk Garrison, Mike McGrath, August Haas (7, 10), Fred Powell (3, 4, 9, 10), Marty Tilton (1, 5), trumpet; Bob Frankich, Ken Partyka (6, 8), alto sax; Bob Reszutko, alto sax, flute; Mark Colby, Brian Budzik, tenor sax; Ted Hogarth, baritone sax; Tom Garling, Tim Coffman (2-4, 9), Andy Baker (1, 5, 7, 10), Brian Jacobi (1-5, 7, 9, 10-12), Dan Johnson (6, 8), Bryan Tipps (1, 3-9), trombone; Thomas Matta, bass trombone; Don Stille, piano; Chris Siebold, guitar; Tim Fox, bass; Bob Rummage, drums. Guest artist -- Mike Smith (2), alto sax.
Style: Big Band