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Lab Band 2012 CD: Rave reviews

September 11, 2012

Steve Weist, Director of the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band shared this on Facebook:

Steve Weist

A GREAT review of our newest recording “Lab 2012” by One O’Clock Alum and good friend Tom “Bones” Malone:

Tom “Bones” Malone

“This album is supreme in every respect. Compositions, arrangements, variety of different styles, ensemble performance, section performance, solo performance, improvisation, virtuosity, intonation, sound quality, blend, balance, recording technology, mixing, mastering. Did I leave anything out? It also continues a legacy of UNT Jazz tradition of 65 years. I have never heard a better album.”
Tom “Bones” Malone, The Late Show with David Letterman

“You can order one at music.unt.edu/store,” commented John Murphy, Professor and Director of UNT Division of Jazz Studies.
Jett Cheek added, “You can also obtain a copy at Pender’s Music Company: www.penders.com/c/1104/p/24266300/lab-2012.”

The group will perform at a second event at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 (Friday) at UT-Dallas’s Alexander Clark Center in Richardson, Texas, located at the intersection of Drive A and Rutford Avenue. Admission for the UT-Dallas concert is $20.

The One O’Clock Lab Band will perform at a third release event at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 (Friday) at McDavid Studio, adjacent to Bass Performance Hall at 301 E. Fifth St. in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Admission for the Fort Worth performance is $30; student tickets are $5.
More about this recording

The six-time Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas  released its new album Lab 2012 on Aug. 24. The CD will be available for purchase online at the UNT Music Store or Pender’s Music.

Album release events with performances by the One O’Clock Lab Band will be held in Denton, Richardson and Fort Worth.

On Lab 2012 the One O’Clock Lab Band plays pieces in styles ranging from blues to fusion to straight-ahead jazz.

“The tradition of yearly recordings by this group goes all the way back to 1967 and represents one of the largest bodies of recorded work of any university jazz group in the world,” said One O’Clock Lab Band Director Steve Wiest. “I am constantly amazed at the consistent year-by-year level of talent in our jazz program! As with all the recordings in our series, Lab 2012 represents the heart and soul of jazz studies here at UNT and is a spectacular example of excellence at the highest university level.”

The album features original compositions by UNT students and faculty, including compositions by Wiest, former One O’Clock director Neil Slater, UNT Jazz Composition Professor Rich DeRosa, and UNT students Tyler Mire, Jenny Kellogg, Aaron Hedenstrom and Drew Zaremba, together with Frank Foster’s standard “Shiny Stockings.”

The One O’Clock Lab Band has released an online video in conjunction with the CD. The video, titled “Miles of Shades,” is the result of a collaboration between the Division of Jazz Studies in the UNT College of Music and the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD). It features three short works composed by UNT students and One O’Clock band members Kellogg, Hedenstrom and Mire, set to abstract animation by multimedia artist Peter Rand. Rand was a CVAD student at the time of the collaboration but has since graduated from the program.

“Interdepartmental collaborations are critical for colleges hoping to make the most out of their programs and community, especially within creative practices,” said Rand. “As an art form, music visualization is often associated with electronic music and the aesthetic usually follows in that the end result looks and feels electronic and digital. The jazz composition needed something more tactile and natural. It’s about bringing attention to the sound, and more specifically, the spectrum of sounds, so that the listener can become more aware of the music.”

The Lab 2012 CD packaging will contain a QR code, or quick response code smartphone users can scan, for a free download of the high-resolution version of “Miles of Shades.” A medium-resolution version can be viewed online.

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