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.
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.
Neu, clearly one of the newest members my “musician of musicians,” displayed his exceptional musical skills and imagination for two solid –and I mean solid—and continuous hours with a remarkable support group of musicians (keyboardist/musical director Demetrius Pappas, guitarist Richard Tucker , bassist Jason Long, and drummer Matt Curran). As if Neu wasn’t enough of a high-octane combustible commodity alone, the band was also in need of a fire extinguisher all night long as they followed and were often showcased (as was the case with Pappas, Tucker, and Curran) with Neu along his path of musical paradise.
His latest solo album is titled ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ for which Neu has assembled a formidable horn section, a full orchestra and the production skills of Caldwell, Brian Bromberg and Steve Oliver. Also included are Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber and Alex Acuna for eleven top-notch songs that get right to the heart of the sophisticated side of contemporary jazz.