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Frank Foster Loud Minority Band: We Do It Diff’rent

Sometimes you just want a big band that’ll knock your socks off. That’s when you look for Frank Foster and the Loud Minority. Their 2002 date at the Jazz Standard in New York City was recorded by Pierre Sprey, and it’s been released as We Do It Diff’rent (Mapleshade). The repertoire is a mix of standards and originals, all but one arranged by Foster. They get things started with a gospel-tinged shouter titled “G’on An’ Git It Y’all” loosely based on “Down By the Riverside” and featuring solos from pianist Danny Mixon and trombonist Clark Gayton. One of the up-and-comers, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, takes “Stella by Starlight” for a ride but then gives way to a breathtaking orchestrated saxophone section solo, complete with a quote from “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.” Daring indeed. Vocalist Dennis Rowland steps to the spotlight with his shuffle-based arrangement of the Ida Cox classic “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” (here titled “Wild Women Don’t Worry”) complete with stratospheric trumpet work from Jon Faddis. Both Rowland and Faddis get the crowd shouting and responding to their calls. Foster’s arrangement of “Lover” includes an introductory interpolation from the bebop classic “Shaw Nuff,” and Sylvia Cuenca’s ambidextrous drum work on this tune elicits whoops from the band. It’s hard to believe this was her first gig with the group-there’s so much feeling and spirit in these performances.

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