Jamie Begian Big Band
Big Fat Grin
1) Funky Coffee
Marc, Tom and Deborah - solos
Dimitri – clarinet solo, Peter – drum solo
Dave – trumpet solo
4) Suddenly, Summer Falls
Dimitri – flute solo, Jamie – guitar solo, Jason – solo flugelhorn
5) Tayloration One
Jeff – trombone solo, John – lead soprano
6) Tayloration Two
Paul – trombone solo
7) Tayloration Three
Deborah – trombone solo, Marty – lead trumpet
8) Tayloration Four
Max – bass trombone solo
9) Big Fat Grin
Jamie & Bruce – guitar solo, Dave – bass solo, Ben – tenor solo
John O’Gallagher – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Marc McDonald – alto saxophone, clarinet
- tenor saxophone, oboe, clarinet, soprano saxophone
Dimitri Moderbacher - tenor sax, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone
Dan Goble - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Tom Goehring – trumpet and flugelhorn
Dave Scott - trumpet and flugelhorn
Marty Bound - trumpet and flugelhorn
Jason Colby - trumpet and flugelhorn
Jeff Bush – trombone
Deborah Weisz – trombone
Paul Olenick – trombone
Max Seigel – bass trombone and many, many mutes!
Dave Ambrosio – bass
Bruce Arnold – guitar
Peter Retzlaff – drums
Jamie Begian – guitar
Very special thanks to my WCSU colleague Kevin Isaacs (aka the “18th Beatle”) for being the ears in the both at the recording sessions.
Also, thanks to Peter Rosa at WCSU for helping navigate all the paperwork there and both Mike and Nancy Marciano at Systems Two Recording for making the details of the sessions go so smoothly.
All my love to my wife Marcy and son Brayden
All music written and arranged by Jamie Begian
Recorded at Systems Two Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY August 6 & 7 2008
Mike Marciano – engineer
Produced by Jamie Begian
Cover design and photography by Heike Coffee: www.HeikeCoffee.com
Additional photography by Marcy Begian
© & P 2008 JamBeg Music ASCAP – all rights reserved
So here it is: the second album by my big band. Most of this music was written in the span of a year: June 2003 – June 2004, the exceptions being Suddenly, Summer Falls (2002) and Funky Coffee (2007).
I like to think that my compositional voice was solidified during this time, as well as achieving a certain comfort level with what I do; it’s also a nice snapshot of how I approached music at that time in my life.
My feeling about this music is that it’s serious yet fun: art music with a sense of humor and playfulness; a true reflection of what I value most about music and being a musician – I hope you enjoy listening!
A very special thank you to all the great musicians pictured here. Their creativity and musicianship displayed on this recording deserve a “Big Fat Grin” in its own right – they continue to amaze me every time we play.