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Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass

Although it was usually a part-time venture (working maybe 30 days a year, counting an annual recording), Rob McConnell's Boss Brass was one of the finest big bands of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. An excellent soloist, McConnell played valve trombone in Toronto (both in the studios and in jazz settings) for a long time. During 1965-1969, he was in Nimmons 'n' Nine Plus Six (led by Phil Nimmons) and in 1968 formed Boss Brass. Originally, the group was comprised entirely of brass instruments, plus a rhythm section, and emphasized pop music. Although it added a saxophone section in 1971, Boss Brass did not record much jazz until 1976. Comprised of many of Toronto's top musicians (including Sam Noto, Guido Basso, Ian McDougall, Moe Koffman, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, and Terry Clarke, among others), the orchestra mostly plays McConnell's swinging but surprising charts. For a period in the late '80s, McConnell moved to Los Angeles and the group broke up, but by 1991, it was back together again. Rob McConnell, who also cut a few small-group dates for Concord, recorded with his Boss Brass for Pausa, MPS, Dark Orchid, Innovation, and Concord. He died of cancer in Toronto on May 1, 2010. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Big Band Is Back now at PANDORA lOVIN it LARGELY. :O))
Terrible shame that he died. He was a major talent and looked like a good guy to work with. I hope Pandora will connect me with more of his work.
merrysea5
great fluegel !
scover190
I found the album on the Amazon/Franc e for 25 EUR+ 9 EUR shipping. It just came today. Nice album. Ripped some MP3s and they sound good too.

Spike in Mission Viejo, CA
scover190
I tried to buy this CD off Amazon for $33 and change from a German based company. They took the order then a few days later cancelled it. Then they posed a description of the same CD on Amazon for twice the price. I'm thinking a deal's a deal but apparently they didn't. Anybody have any idea where I can but Two originals: Brass my Soul & Tribute w/o spending an arm and a leg?

Spike In Mission Viejo, CA
one of my all time favorite big bands. musician know him
cathiefjellm a n
a really great sound eenjoyable
It would be nice if Pandora would include full artist information for each recording... Who were the players on this album? Which instruments did they play? Etc.
marshnv
One of my favorite bands. Arno Marsh
What a shame. This band rivals any big band that has ever played; yet he remained hidden for so long in Canada. Canada, like France and their better wines, seems less inclined to share

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