Album: Dave Rivello Ensemble, Facing the Mirror (Allora)

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Aprotégé of Bob Brookmeyer,who writes thesleevenotes, composer/bandleader Rivello is areal find with a distinctiveorchestral voice.

Hiswriting for this 13-piece bigband offers an interestingcompromise betweenold-style swinging and thewhispery sensitivity ofMaria Schneider, with themournful, "Last Post"brass of "Sometime"and "Chorale" able toco-exist with drummerTed Poor's terrificrhythmic dynamism.There're no French horns,but four trumpets, twotrombones and a tubafatten out the sound.