The jazz festivals of Marbella in Spain and Birmingham in England have a hermandad, a brotherhood. So nothing was more natural than for Big Bear Records to commission Alan Barnes to write and arragnge a new piece of music, based on Marbella, and donated to the city in perpetuity. As invariably happens, carried away with enthusiam for the project, we decided to form A VERITABLE DREAM BAND. Amazingly, all the first choice musicians were available - or made themselves so. Not surprisingly, it all sounded so good that it just had to be recorded.
Roaring ensembles, driving rhythm section and inspired soloing were the order of the day. With everyone, very obviously, having a great time, the All Stars sounded like a band who had been together forever. Jim Simpson