Steven Feifke Big Band
Midnight Beat with Alexa Tarantino and Dan Chmielinski

Steven Feifke Big BandMidnight Beat with Alexa Tarantino and Dan Chmielinski

Reed 1 – Andrew Gould
Reed 2 – Alexa Tarantino (solo)
Reed 3 – Lucas Pino
Reed 4 – Sam Dillon
Reed 5 – Andrew Gutauskas

Trumpet 1 – Max Darché
Trumpet 2 – John Lake
Trumpet 3 – Benny Benack III
Trumpet 4 – Gabriel King Medd

Trombone 1 – Robert Edwards
Trombone 2 – Jeffery Miller
Trombone 3 – Armando Vergara
Bass Trombone – Jennifer Wharton

Guitar – Alex Wintz
Piano – Steven Feifke
Bass – Dan Chmielinski (solo)
Drums – Bryan Carter

“Midnight Beat,” a popular staple for the band during their sets at The Django, recalls the work of figures like Bob Mintzer, and its muscular call-and-response between brass and reeds hints at Basie-esque qualities too. While Feifke seduces with the song’s inescapably fun groove (with a boost from the inspired drumming of Bryan Carter), he also rewards your close listening with unusual harmonic tricks and clever shifts in key. Inspired solos by Dan Chmielinski and Alexa Tarantino help to round out a truly glorious close to the album’s set.

-Seton Hawkins

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