Album Review: The Dennis Dreith Band - Reunion (Score: 8/10)

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 12.10.56 PMRenowned as a motion picture composer, arranger and conductor, and an influential advocate for musicians’ rights, Dreith––true to the title of this high energy, bold and brassy jazz ensemble set––masterminds a spirited reunion with a group of musicians who played in his band during his formative years. Conducting the powerful 14-piece unit through an alternately booming and sensual batch of seven originals, Dreith allows numerous soloists to shine, including powerhouse alto saxman Andy MacIntosh, who passed away shortly after completing his work here. – Jonathan Widran