Composer Brian Woodbury’s musical palate spans multiple genres and stylizations. He composes for TV, and delves into pop every so often. In essence, his multifaceted persona shines radiantly throughout this highly entertaining event, jazz-based event.
Woodbury and his orchestra fuse C&W, Tango, and Mexican mariachi music with English folk, progressive jazz, and other elements via this worldly program. Besides, the music is focused, intelligently arranged, and rhythmic in scope. The orchestra incorporates playful elements into pieces, awash with R&B grooves, pedal steel guitar choruses, and classical violin etudes, among other niceties. On "Long May She Wave," Woodbury’s muse might parallel the late Frank Zappa’s penchant for knotty twists and turns. The band even merges a touch of ballroom dancing type music into the grand scheme of things in concert with some edgy, prog-rock type overtures. In addition, there’s an Andrew Sisters drenched three-part harmony on the piece "Threnody For Kennedy And Connally." As they say, variety is the spice of life
. And musically speaking, that notion is driven home with this multihued and attractively textured affair. (Strongly recommended.... )