Studio 1 at East West Studios, Hollywood, was where Andrew Neu, musician/composer decided to record the Bonsera/Neu 17-piece Big Band for his newest CD, which consisted of 8 original compositions and 3 jazz standards.
This is one swinging big band CD! Great arrangements and soloing by many musicians you know, and some you be thrilled to hear possibly for the first time. A winner! Happy to be a part of it. Randy Brecker
After years of dreaming about it and planning for it, Andrew Neu has decided to concentrate his talents inside this debut big band project. The result is a formidable production. This is a far call from his four earlier releases as a solo artist, where he recorded more contemporary jazz CDs.
…He's been working with LA studio musicians for so many years and he really wanted to gather them up and make a big band recording. "I feel that this is my most honest recording to date!" Neu exclaims on his liner notes, and you can feel it in this mix of eight originals and a scattering of covers…
No matter where The Big Band Side of Andrew Neu has been hiding, it's a real kick and genuine pleasure to have it in plain sight and within earshot, especially as Neu has at his side a number of the Los Angeles area's most accomplished sidemen and no less than seven superlative guest artists who lend this already charming debut album even greater allure.
The Reading Pops Orchestra will celebrate jazz with a Brazilian flavor when it performs "Symphony in Bossa," featuring Minas and saxophonist Andrew Neu and conducted by Willis Rapp, today at 3 p.m. at Reading Area Community College's Miller Center for the Arts, as a collaboration between the Downtown Performing Arts Series and Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.