Oliver Lake is an artist who needs no introduction. The trailblazing saxophonist and composer returns to the Bride’s stage with his big band, performing numbers from their latest critically acclaimed album Wheels, as well as a brand new composition entitled “The Mask Suite.” Complex, genre-blurring, and adventurous, the Oliver Lake Big Band promises an evening of jazz you won’t soon forget.
“This post-bop/avant-garde effort demonstrates that Lake enjoys contrasting the inside and the outside in a big band setting as much as he does with a small group. Wheels is avant-garde without being radically avant-garde; the big band’s performances are more inside than out- side, but when Lake and his sidemen detour into outside playing, they do so without apology.” – Alex Henderson – Jazz Inside Magazine
“Few musicians in the history of jazz have wielded as wide and diverse a palette as Oliver Lake….This is classic Big Band performance with a decidedly modern sound.” – Russ Musto, All About Jazz
“Lake’s a big thinker with a taste for large ensembles that can show off his meaty compositions and his sure sense of coloring.” – The New Yorker
“The Oliver Lake Big Band places itself in a position to be one of the most important musical ensembles now and for years to come.” – CD Universe
Darius Jones – alto sax
Alex Harding – baritone sax