Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Swing: The Best Of Denver & The Mile High Orchestra

Published Monday 16th June 2008
Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Swing: The Best Of Denver & The Mile High Orchestra
Denver & The Mile High Orchestra - Swing: The Best Of Denver & The Mile High Orchestra

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20815-13746
RRP: £2.99

Reviewed by Allan Clare

Formed in 1999 this brass band has three trumpet players, three saxophone players, two trombone players and a rhythm section. If you've decided to pass on to the next review after reading the words "brass band" then think again. This isn't the Salvation Army in your local park on a Sunday afternoon but the classic big band/swing/jazz sound of Basie, Miller et al. It's a sound which seems to always be in vogue and Denver & The Mile High, who amongst bankrupt record labels and incessant touring have managed to put six albums out, have finally got their 'Best Of' remixed and remastered. But is it any good? In a word - yes. Things kick off with a big band cover of the US National Anthem, "Star Spangled Banner" - hmmm - but the band do what they do with next track "Act The Scat". I must admit I did find it a little incongruous at first hearing full on Christian lyrics over a typical big band vibe ("Jesus is true, no doubt he wants the same for you/So let those lyin' chains, let them be set free") but the superb playing and authentic band ensemble work won me over. Vocally you can't help wishing for someone of Sinatra's calibre to match the musicianship (yes, I know that's a big wish) but Denver does do an excellent job and it would be unfair to say he doesn't pull off most of the songs. There are two new tracks, "Love Of My Life" and "Hoosier Daddy", added to the "hits". If you're a believer who enjoys big band music you'd have to like this.

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Product Description
In the 7 years since their inception, Denver and The Mile High Orchestra has travelled around the globe, taking their electrifying horn-driven sound to the masses. They have performed at festivals such as Bill Gaither's 'Praise Gathering', the Winter and Summer Olympics games, and served as the house band for the 36th Annual Gospel Music Awards. The big band sound of the 30's and 40's had long intrigued Denver, who had played the trumpet for 16 years, so he assembled a group of musicians and friends to reinvent the style for the modern age.

Reader Comments

Posted by Don in USA @ 17:15 on Feb 12 2012

My initial introduction to this swinging sound came in 2006, I was taken by the video "Act the Scat"from 2001. I had recollections of Glenn Miller days, and those similar sounds that soared the airwaves then.
Pop icon Harry Connick Jr. has real competition with Denver's similar style.
The incorporated gospel lyrics to this classic sound,
is simply amazing! I don't have to close my eyes to hear the Barry Manilow vocals that echo out.
Within days before the 2006 New Year, store shelves stock this amazingly wonderful collection.
The lengthy "Heaven Knows" is memory lane music style, wtg Denver!
"Spend My Life" is quite extraordinary; love the line, "I'm sold out and You can keep the change": another standing ovation for you Denver! This song also mentions the blood of JESUS, wow!
The additional new song "Love Of My Life" is just awesome with it's sound and lyrics, just love it!
Denver and his orchestra are a most welcomed addition to the ccm category.
GOD Bless! -Don

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