Craig Raymond and the Next Generation Big Band: It's Our Time (2003)
Pianist Pete Jackson (who, sadly, died shortly after the session was held) is bright and entertaining on “Bubbles,” an updated version of the old favorite “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.” There’s one other vocal, by Barbara Noel on a second Victor Young composition, “When I Fall in Love.” Two medleys complete the program, “Themes” (on which Al Raymond introduces seven memorable signature songs by other bands) and “Jingle Ballads” (three seasonal favorites taken at a leisurely pace). We’re sorry to see that Father Time has obliged the elder Raymond to step aside, but based on the evidence presented here, the future (of his band, at least) seems to rest in extremely capable hands. In other words, Craig Raymond is a chip off the old block and the New Generation Big Band should be swinging in his dad’s footsteps for years to come.
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Track Listing: Night Train; Stella by Starlight; Bubbles; When I Fall in Love; Orbit; Theme for Jacqualine; That
Personnel: Craig Raymond, leader, trumpet; Don Downs, Kevin Rodgers, Bill Posey, Tony DeSantis, Rick Gazda, trumpet, flugelhorn; Chuck Dressler, Brian Pastor, Mike Galan, trombone; Mike Purdy, Jose Vidal, bass trombone; Jeff Darrohn, Andrew Neu, alto sax; Rob Haffley, Bob Apgar, Larry McKenna, alto, tenor sax solos; Mike Brignola, baritone sax; Pete Jackson, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; Tony Vigilante, drums; Barbara Noel, Bobby Burnett, vocals.
Record Label: Alanna
Style: Big Band