Release Date: March 11, 2016

Catalog #: BR8944







All tracks performed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra

and arranged by Henry Wolking


1 In Sea   Henry Wolking

Kris Johnson, trumpet; Greg Floor, alto sax;

Jay Lawrence, drums


2  Jimbo’s Lullaby   Claude Debussy

Kevin Stout, trombone


3 A Piece Of Cake   Henry Wolking

Greg Floor, soprano sax; Kris Johnson, trumpet


Cantaloupes, Aisle 1   Henry Wolking

Brian Keegan, trombone; Brian Booth, tenor sax


5  Sumo Mix   Henry Wolking

David Halliday, tenor sax; Greg Floor, soprano sax;

Jay Lawrence-drums


6  Claire de Lune   Claude Debussy

Jerry Floor, clarinet


7  Home   David Halliday

David Halliday, tenor sax; Kurt Reeder, piano


8 That’s A’Plenty   Lew Pollack

Kris Johnson, trumpet; Brian Booth, tenor sax


9  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen   Anonymous

Kevin Stout, trombone


10 High Society   Porter Steele

Brian Booth, tenor sax; Reed LeCheminant, trumpet


11  Reverie   Claude Debussy

Jerry Floor, clarinet; Keven Johansen, guitar


12  Rush Hour Shuffle   Henry Wolking

Brian Booth, tenor sax; Reed LeCheminant, trumpet; Kevin Stout, trombone;

Keven Johansen, guitar; Kurt Reeder, organ; Jay Lawrence, vibes



All works published by Ejazzlines



Henry Wolking



Its evident from hearing the jazz big band works of composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist Henry Wolking’s debut album on Big Round Records, IN SEA, that he effectively mixes complexity with simplicity in his jazz harmonies and colorful orchestrations that make for an exciting and memorable listening experience. The inspired solo work of band members and guest artists add to the sincere and fresh cosmopolitan character of the recording.


Performed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra (SLCJO) and conducted by Wolking, the works on this album represent Wolking’s clear direction of fusing together a number of different styles, from classical and rock to Latin and swing. Pieces such as the title track In Sea, and Sumo Mix, honor and pay tribute to iconic jazz composers and musicians of the past, including Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones, influential to Wolking’s compositional style. Claude Debussy’s impressionistic approach becomes a foundational element in some of these works, which Wolking interprets deftly with jazz harmonies and syncopated rhythms in pieces such as Jimbo’s Lullaby, A Piece of Cake, and Claire De Lune.


Along with his original compositions, Wolking includes arrangements of works by David Halliday, Lew Pollack, and others, illustrating how he orchestrates with the ensemble in mind, using the textures and variety of voices of the big band to create engaging grooves and captivating sections of improvisation. Many of these works go beyond the straight-ahead jazz form, incorporating shifts in mood and tempo, and introducing new ideas and conversations among the instruments seamlessly.



Wolking’s work is praised by American Record Guide: “His kaleidoscopic music is rewarding listening experience. This attractive and skillfully composed piece seems to mix quite easily in the classical and jazz idioms”


Wolking’s music has been performed and recorded internationally by many groups including the Warsaw Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, and the BBC Jazz Orchestra


Two of Wolking’s works for string ensemble, Gone Playin’ and The Old Gypsy are available on the Navona Records release CROSS CONNECTION (2013)


For the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Wolking composed the theme music for the International Sports Broadcasting network


Originally called the Floor/Crismon Big Band (later The JAM Band), the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra (SLCJO) was given its current name in 2004 by Mayor Rocky Anderson and TV host Larry King at a significant event, the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival


SLCJO has backed many entertainers such as Seth MacFarlane, Doc Severinsen, and Johnny Mathis, and also has hosted guest performers like Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Nancy Wilson, Clark Terry, and dozens more















Big Round Records is dedicated to presenting world-class musicians doing what they do best: smash the walls of genre and create groundbreaking new sounds while keeping one foot firmly rooted in tradition. Overdriven bassoons, orchestra-backed swing groups, blues-inflected Zydeco, outlandish arrangements of Disney songs, and modern-protest tunes is just a small slice of what you'll hear on our releases, which feature some of today's most forward-thinking and respected artists such as John Hall (Orleans), Steve Gadd, Andy Jaffe, Eddie Gomez, Tony Oxley, Charlie Barnett, Richard Stoltzman, Tony Clef, Mika Yoshida, and many more. Out of the box? With Big Round, there is no box.

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