Among the great orchestras of the world specializing in music for ballroom and competition dancing figure the Gala Big Band, founded in 1983 by pianist, composer, arranger and German director Günter Maier Noris (Unterfranken, 1935-2007). During his career Günter performed 2,500 live performances in some 15 countries. This album is dedicated to dance music and offers twelve subjects taken from classical music pieces and versioned in several standard and Latin rhythms.
Ernie Hecks has been playing some lilting dance music at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel but it's only been within the past years that the disk-buyinq crowd has caught up with him. Here again art the smooth Heckscher sounds on pops and show tunes for more dancing and listening pleasure.
As samplers go, this is one of the best. An excellent cross section of artists from the Stockfish catalog. I am especially taken by the cuts from Alan Taylor ("The Beat Hotel" in particualr) and Chris Jones. Sonics are clean, clear and crisp, with an exceptional sense of timbre. I've purchased a few of the CD's of the artists I've heard on this sampler, and I'm here to tell you, they sound great to - though they can't beat these SACD tracks.
Since the release of Stockfisch's first SACD sampler, the audiophile label has recorded and published many new Stockfisch productions including well known artists of the singer/songwriter scene as well as so called 'insider tips'. Listen to 15 new tracks, 70 minutes on this Hybrid-SACD! Just like Vol. 1, this second Stockfisch collection Closer To The Music Vol. 2 offers on its 15 individual tracks a wide musical variety. These recordings, as any listener will experience, exemplify once again the Stockfisch philosophy: closer to the music!
This is the third compilation from the critically acclaimed 'Closer to the Music' sampler series. You will listen to recent recordings of known artists like Sara K. , Allan Taylor, Eugene Ruffolo and David Munyon , but also to new Stockfisch-discoveries like Dennis Kolen (NL), Paul O'Brien (CDN), BEOGA (IRL), Carl & Parissa (AUS), Beo Brockhausen (D) and more. These recordings, as any listener will experience, exemplify once again the Stockfisch philosophy: closer to the music!