DAVID ANGEL is one of the most respected composers/arrangers on the West Coast; however, he is virtually unknown to the general public. That is why tuba and bass trombone master JIM SELF decided it was time to rectify that situation. He brought together The David Angel Jazz Ensemble to record OUT ON THE COAST, a gorgeous three-disc anthology of Angel’s music. The David Angel Jazz Ensemble grew out of the rehearsal band that Angel began in 1969. Over the years, the group featured many West Coast jazz giants. Angel’s current 13-member ensemble of top-notch players were more than happy to participate in this project. Recorded right before the pandemic hit, the band laid down all 22 tracks in just four days. OUT ON THE COAST features 15 original compositions by Angel and his arrangements of seven standards. Angel wrote so many great charts, it was difficult to narrow them down to fit on one disc, so he culled 22 tunes from his extensive oeuvre and burned them onto three discs. The music ranges from swinging to symphonic, from Latin-tinged to jazz waltzes to West Coast cool. Written over many years, the compositions and arrangements on OUT ON THE COAST provide a very satisfying glimpse of the prolific output and brilliance of David Angel, who never sought out and has never received wide public recognition. This project should change that, and it’s about time.
with DAVID ANGEL tenor sax, conductor • PHIL FEATHER alto & soprano sax, piccolo, flute, alto flute • GENE CIPRIANO alto & soprano sax, clarinet • JIM QUAM tenor sax, clarinet • TOM PETERSON tenor sax, flute, alto flute • BOB CARR baritone sax, bass clarinet • JONATHAN DANE trumpet, flugelhorn • RON STOUT trumpet, flugelhorn • STEPHANIE O’KEEFE horn • SCOTT WHITFIELD trombone • JIM SELF tuba, bass trombone • JOHN CHIODINI guitar • SUSAN QUAM bass • PAUL KREIBICH drums
Produced by JIM SELF Co-producer TALLEY SHERWOOD Assistant Producer TOM PETERSON