Trombonist Steve Wiest is the Director of Jazz Studies and Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has played with Doc Severinsen and Maynard Ferguson. The influence of both is plain to hear on Excalibur, his first album leading a self-titled big band. (Wiest's hometown to the contrary, many of the musicians in the Big Band are from nearby Chicago.) The tunes are mellow but range freely from Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington's standard, "On Green Dolphin Street," to self-penned gems like the title track and "The Once and Future Groove."
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