Billy Hart is beyond a “first-call” drummer. He is all but inescapable. It is not surprising for him to turn up almost anywhere. Except in Germany, leading a big band.
Actually, the conductor here is Christophe Schweizer. Hart occupies the drum chair, his explosive rhythmic forces shaping and motivating every track. Schweizer, from Switzerland, studied with Hart in 1992 at the Mannes College of Music in New York. For this album, 24 years later, he created new big-band arrangements for eight Hart originals. The tunes were originally recorded between 1977 and 1996 on Hart’s small-group albums Enchance, Rah and Oceans of Time.