JC SANFORD ORCHESTRA
Views from the Inside Whirlwind
There’s big bands, there’s large ensembles and then there’s orchestras. Brooklyn trombonist and composer JC Sanford’s 15-piece orchestra is a motley affair by classical standards – like a school band made up of whatever instruments the students happen to play, but in a good way. The leader deploys his forces deliberately, finding room for vibraphone and accordion but only one violin and one cello. The result is a texturally unusual, episodic suite of compositions that nod to pioneers of the form (Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler) as well as the more mainstream sounds of Hollywood film and 1970s copshow theme tunes. Of the 15, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, vibraphonist Tom Beckham, and trumpeter Matt Holman are among the stand outs.