The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel

Music

Live N' Bernin'

by The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel

Released 2016
Monster Music
Released 2016
Monster Music
The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever.
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Bernie Dresel’s jazz orchestra, The BBB, is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever. The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of intense swing and fiery soloing, as well as tight ensemble playing, powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary drumming talents.

The BBB is comprised of 16 seasoned pros on the Los Angeles studio scene. Populated by LA’s finest players, The BBB delivers a contemporary, highly original sound featuring the witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions of established and up-and-coming composers and arrangers. And like those other famous jazz orchestras such as Buddy Rich’s, Count Basie’s, Woody Herman’s, Stan Kenton’s, Maynard Ferguson’s, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis’ and Gerald Wilson’s, the music and delivery of The BBB’s music is nothing less than astonishing when experienced live. The sound has a contemporary, dynamic, and hard-swinging energy, with a focused edge to it that is like no other jazz orchestra, though, reminiscent of Buddy Rich’s ensembles. The instrumental makeup is unique in that there is no piano but jazz/rockin’ electric guitar instead, in addition to four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, and upright acoustic slap bass and drums. When people hear Bernie’s BBB, the first thing that hits them is its energy and intensity.

At the helm of The BBB is jazz drummer extraordinaire Bernie Dresel. Bernie is the first-call drummer and percussionist on the Hollywood stage for motion picture and television soundtracks. Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tower Of Power, among many other established and new jazz orchestra composers and arrangers, fill the book for the music his band makes today. And like those other bands, Dresel’s rendering style is nothing less than exciting, driven by one of the most accomplished jazz drummers in the world.

Established in 2014, The BBB plays monthly at jazz clubs in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Prior to forming his own jazz orchestra, Bernie backed Maynard Ferguson, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Bernie served 15 years for both Setzer and Goodwin. He has been the drummer on numerous Brian Setzer Grammy Award®-winning recordings and more recently on every recording that Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has released, including the Grammy Award winners.

Bernie’s credits with respect to motion picture and television soundtracks represent “A” movie projects and such television work as The Simpsons and Family Guy. (See full credits on The BBB Web site at www.thebbb-berniedresel.com.)

Bernie's Notes On The Tunes

1. Straight, No Chaser 5:07
(Thelonious Monk: Composer)
Thelonious Monk Corp. –– BMI

Andrew Neu: Arranger

Soloists
Bernie Dresel: drums
Carl Saunders: trumpet
Brian Scanlon: alto saxophone
Ryan Dragon: trombone

After KJAZZ’s Bubba Jackson gives a rousing introduction, the live set opens with a very familiar Thelonious Monk tune arranged by Philly native Andrew Neu, who you may have heard playing saxophone all over the world with Bobby Caldwell and Diane Schuur, along with a slew of smooth jazz greats. Many of his great charts are with Kendor Publishing and this should be one of them soon if it isn’t already!

2. Five Spot 3:23
(Walter Murphy: Composer)
Smoosh Whirled Music –– GMR

Walter Murphy: Arranger

Soloists
Kirsten Edkins: tenor saxophone
Andrew Synowiec: electric guitar

Continuing in the “two spot” is this brand new tune and arrangement by Oscar® Nominated and Emmy Award®-winning Walter Murphy. Although he has written soundtracks for numerous films and TV shows, I’m sure you know all about his successful and long-running partnership with Seth MacFarlane working on Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Ted, and Ted 2.

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 5:43
(Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields: Composers)
Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc. –– ASCAP / Cotton Club Publishing –– ASCAP

Nan Schwartz: Arranger

Soloists
Carl Saunders: trumpet
Andrew Synowiec: electric guitar

This wonderful standard, composed by Jimmy McHugh (or was it really Fats Waller?), dates back to 1930, but this time we hear it with a beautiful new arrangement by Nan Schwartz, who is a seven-time Emmy nominee (for a number of television movies and series including In the Heat Of The Night), and a five-time Grammy nominee (winning a coveted Grammy Award® for an arrangement for Natalie Cole). Her father, Willie, played clarinet with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, but this arrangement is for her mother Peggy, who sang this chart-topping hit for Tommy Dorsey.

4. Samba Quente 5:39
(Brian Williams: Composer)
BariBrian Music Productions –– ASCAP

Brian Williams: Arranger

Soloists
Brian Williams: baritone saxophone
Alan Kaplan: trombone

If you a want to be featured in this band (or maybe any band) write an arrangement that features your instrument! And that’s just what our baritone saxophonist, Brian Williams, did by composing and arranging this “hot” original tune that hopefully takes us (and you) all the way to Brazil…well, at least in spirit!

5. Wiggle Waggle 6:12
(Herbie Hancock: Composer)
Hancock Music –– BMI

Bill Cunliffe: Arranger

Soloists
Jamie Hovorka: trumpet
John “Spazz” Hatton: upright slap bass

Solo artist and Grammy Award®-winner Bill Cunliffe does a fun arrangement for us of this Herbie Hancock classic as we straighten out the eighth note (AND the sixteenth note) for this version. If you didn’t notice the upright slap bass of Brian Setzer Orchestra member Johnny “Spazz” Hatton earlier during the guitar solo in Five Spot, you can’t miss it here!

6. ’Round Midnight 5:02
(Thelonious Monk/Bernard Hanighen/Cootie Williams: Composers)
Thelonious Monk Music –– BMI / Warner Bros. Inc. (Warner Bros. Music Division) –– ASCAP

Herb Phillips: Arranger

Soloist
Carl Saunders: trumpet

I guess we like Thelonious Monk so much (we hope you do, too!) that this is the second tune of his we are playing on this live set; this time as a ballad featuring the legendary Carl Saunders on trumpet with an arrangement by his long time pal, Las Vegas staple, Herb Phillips.

7. Bones Akimbo 5:30
(James McMillen: Composer)
Baja Pasadena Publishing –– ASCAP

James McMillen: Arranger

Soloists
Alan Kaplan: trombone
Ryan Dragon: trombone
James McMillen: trombone
Juliane Gralle: bass trombone

Well, it’s time to feature our trombone section. And guess who composed and arranged it…one of our trombonists in the band, Jim McMillen, who brings his humor and good times to this shuffle with some floor tom thrown in for good measure. And yes, that’s some upright slap bass on this one, too…there will be more later, but that’s the last time it will be mentioned here!

8. The Soulful Mister Timmons 5:28
(James Williams: Composer)
Second Floor Music –– BMI

Jeff Bunnell: Arranger

Soloists
Andrew Synoweic: electric guitar
Jeff Bunnell: trumpet

Our trumpet player Jeff Bunnell has always had a love for all the great Art Blakey Quintets, and here he brings his arrangement of pianist James Williams' Jazz Messenger tune honoring fellow Blakey alumni pianist, Bobby Timmons. And how about a saxophone soli while we’re at it!

9. Magnificent Seven 3:01
(Elmer Bernstein: Composer)
EMI U Catalog Inc. –– ASCAP

Tim Simonec: Arranger

Soloists
Brian Scanlon: alto saxophone
Bernie Dresel: drums

Tim Simonec, composer for the movie Whiplash, and orchestrator/conductor for numerous Michael Giacchino film scores, including the Academy Award®-winning score for Up), brings us a fast, and fun arrangement (tremolo guitar always sounds fun to me) of the iconic theme from the 1960 western film by the same moniker originally composed by Elmer Bernstein. (What is it about drummers that want to do songs by a Bernstein!) And on this tune…there IS the sound of flutes!

10. What Would Be 5:25
(Steve Bramson: Composer)
Bramsongs –– ASCAP

Steve Bramson: Arranger

Soloists
Brian Scanlon: soprano saxophone
Andrew Synowiec: electric guitar

This one is a little bit “moody” and a little bit “funky” and some odd time signatures here and there if you are trying to dance at home. Written and composed by Steve Bramson, Emmy Award®-nominee for the television series JAG, it features the soprano saxophone and the 3”x14” Craviotto popcorn snare drum. And by the way…have you noticed yet that we don’t have a piano in the band?

11. The Spoiler 5:53
(Scott Healy: Composer)
Bluedog Music –– BMI

Scott Healy: Arranger

Soloists
Andrew Synowiec: electric guitar
Carl Saunders: trumpet
Rob Lockart: tenor saxophone

This is high-spirited, up-tempo, key-changin', bass-slappin’ (ok, I said it again), heavy blowin’ shuffle, composed and arranged by Scott Healy, Conan O’Brian keyboardist since 1993 AND Grammy Award®-nominee, of course. After the horns play this they need a rest…or so I’m told by Alan Kaplan, our lead trombonist...along with our lead trumpeters, Jamie Hovorka and Tony Bonsera…horses, all of them!

12. Crossing The Boulevard 10:20
(Andrew Neu: Composer)
Andrew Neu Music –– BMI

Andrew Neu: Arranger

Soloists
Andrew Synowiec: electric guitar
Rob Lockart: tenor saxophone
Carl Saunders: trumpet
Bernie Dresel: drums

We conclude this Live 'N Bernin’ set, our first album, with a barn burner (maybe we should call it a barn “Berner”…long drum solo and all). Coming full circle, Track 1 composer/arranger, Andrew Neu, returns for what may be "the best chart in the book”…even though Andrew doesn’t have an Emmy, Oscar, or a Grammy…yet!

Total Time 66:43

About The Album Production

Producer’s Notes: Technical Overview Of The Monster Music® SuperDisc Auro-3D® 9.1-Channel Immersive Sound Recording Project—The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel – Live N’ Bernin’

Gary Reber
Reber Productions

The Monster Music® SuperDisc Linear PCM CD is one release in a multi-release production of The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel – Live N’ Bernin’.

The following are the particulars of the Monster Music SuperDisc Hi-Res Auro-3D® 9.1-channel Immersive Sound recording project that I produced—The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel – Live N’ Bernin’. Produced under my Reber Productions company, the “Live” Recording Event took place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, California.

Bernie Dresel’s jazz orchestra, The BBB, is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever. The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of intense swing and fiery soloing, as well as tight ensemble playing, powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary drumming talents.

The BBB is comprised of 16 seasoned pros on the Los Angeles studio scene. Populated by LA’s finest players, The BBB delivers a contemporary, highly original sound featuring the witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions of established and up-and-coming composers and arrangers. And like those other famous jazz orchestras such as Buddy Rich’s, Count Basie’s, Woody Herman’s, Stan Kenton’s, Maynard Ferguson’s, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis’ and Gerald Wilson’s, the music and delivery of The BBB’s music is nothing less than astonishing when experienced live. The sound has a contemporary, dynamic, and hard-swinging energy, with a focused edge to it that is like no other jazz orchestra, though, reminiscent of Buddy Rich’s ensembles. The instrumental makeup is unique in that there is no piano but jazz/rockin’ electric guitar instead, in addition to four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, and upright acoustic slap bass and drums. When people hear Bernie’s BBB, the first thing that hits them is its energy and intensity.

At the helm of The BBB is jazz drummer extraordinaire Bernie Dresel. Bernie is the first-call drummer and percussionist on the Hollywood stage for motion picture and television soundtracks. Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tower Of Power, among many other established and new jazz orchestra composers and arrangers, fill the book for the music his band makes today. And like those other bands, Dresel’s rendering style is nothing less than exciting, driven by one of the most accomplished jazz drummers in the world.

Established in 2014, with a live performance tribute to Buddy Rich, The BBB plays monthly at jazz clubs in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Prior to forming his own jazz orchestra, Bernie backed Maynard Ferguson, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Bernie served 15 years for both Setzer and Goodwin. He has been the drummer on numerous Brian Setzer Grammy Award®-winning recordings and more recently on every recording that Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has released, including the Grammy Award winners.

Bernie’s credits with respect to motion picture and television soundtracks represent “A” movie projects and such television work as The Simpsons and Family Guy. (See full credits on The BBB Web site at www.thebbb-berniedresel.com.)

The Project

The Monster Music SuperDisc Hi-Res Auro-3D Immersive Sound music concert release features 67 minutes of new compositions and arrangements recorded in a state-of-the-art “live” Immersive Sound concert production.

The program features consummate drummer Bernie Dresel leading his powerhouse BBB in a “live” performance capture of original compositions and arrangements.

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel – Live N’ Bernin’ concert recording is being distributed in multiple audio formats, including SuperDisc Hi-Res Auro-3D 9.1-channel Immersive Sound 96-kHz/24-bit Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc DigiPak, audiophile CD mastered from the 96-kHz/24-bit master, two-disc gatefold analog audiophile 180-gram vinyl stereo LP mastered from the 96-kHz/24-bit master, stereo reel-to-reel analog audiophile tape box set (The Tape Project) mastered from the 96-kHz/24-bit master, and 44.1-kHz/16-bit and 96-kHz/24-bit Digital Downloads (stereo and surround). The Tape Project release is a two-channel stereo mix on 15-ips (inches per second) reel-to-reel tape transferred from the 96-kHz/24-bit high-resolution master. (See www.thetapeproject.com)

The Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc contains four Hi-Res 96-kHz/24-bit streams: Auro-3D 9.1, Linear PCM 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1 and Linear PCM 2.0.

The Monster Music packaging features include (depending on the release format):
• Producers’ Notes—project background and approach
• Photos, videos, audio, artist info and more
• High-resolution photographs of concert
• Exclusive interviews with Bernie Dresel and the producers
• Discussions on Auro-3D Immersive Sound production, multi-channel recording and mixing techniques
• The Technical Production

The Technical Production

The live performance took place in Burbank, California at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, an intimate audience venue The BBB often performs in and whose acoustics are well suited to the project. The BBB performed two one-hour sets of jazz charts, with an initial 30 minutes securing sound checks. The emcee for the evening was Bubba Jackson, renowned KJAZZ 88.1 FM radio personality.

The BBB was captured on Avid ProTools® (34 tracks), from which a Native Auro-3D 9.1-channel master audio soundtrack was derived. The performance was recorded on 34 full-range discrete digital channels with 96-kHz/24-bit resolution using ALL AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) large-ribbon microphones fed to an API mixing console with ATI 8MX2 audiophile microphone preamps, using the large MU3 Studio On Wheels remote recording truck to capture the tracks on ProTools and monitor the recording.

The AEA microphones consisted of five R88 Mk2s (stereo), five R84, nin...