Pianist, composer and arranger Dave Zoller's 2000 compilation "The Big Time Sessions" combines imaginative covers of classics by Herbie Nichols ("Love, Gloom, Cash, Love"), Thelonious Monk ("Monk's Mood") and Billy Strayhorn ("Chelsea Bridge") with original compositions in the spirit of the artists he learned from.
Recorded at Dallas' Big Time Audio studios, The Big Time Sessions gathers an all-star lineup of brilliant North Texas-based players, led by Zoller on keyboards.
1. "Skippin' Through/Drew's World" (6:22) By Drew Phelps & Dave Zoller
2. "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" (8:57) By Herbie Nichols.
3. "Monk's Mood" (8:01) By Thelonious Monk
4. "Wonder of Wonders" (8:04) By Dave Zoller
5. "Orinoco" (4:22) By Dave Zoller, Drew Phelps, Woody Berner and Zach Hexum
6. "Chelsea Bridge" (6:59) By Billy Strayhorn
7. "Shadows" (6:40) By Dave Zoller
8. "Boss Freight" (6:05) By Dave Zoller
"Skippin' Through/Drew's World", "Monk's Mood," "Orinoco" & "Shadows" (rec. 11/2/99): Dave Zoller, piano; Drew Phelps, bass; Zach Hexum, tenor & soprano saxes; Woody Berner, drums.
"Love, Gloom, Cash, Love", "Wonder of Wonders," "Chelsea Bridge" & "Boss Freight" (rec 2/1/00) : Dave Zoller, piano; Chris McGuire, clarinet & tenor sax; Ron Jones, flute, soprano, alto & tenor sax; Larry Spencer, trumpet & flugelhorn; Greg Watts, trombone; Carl Hillman, acoustic & fretless electric basses; Dennis Durick, drums
All selections recorded, mixed & mastered at Big Time Audio, Dallas, TX
Recording, mixing & mastering engineer: Steve Browne
Musical arrangements: Dave Zoller
Inside photo: Robin McNamara
Cover photo: Hunter Clarkson/Alt-Lee, Inc. Columbia, SC
Graphic Design, Layout & Typeset: Steve Browne
Cover art: "Bacchanalia," by William Halsey (1914-1999) from the collection of Dr. & Mrs. Ambrose Hampton, Jr.
Special thanks to Martin Walters, Larry Spencer, Ron Jones, Jeff Carlson, Mark Holland, Bill McRae, and -- most of all -- Ambrose, Joanne & Genie. To Matt, Jennifer & Hannah, Jeremy & Carla, and the rest of the Zoller clan -- TZ, John, Julie & Big Matt ("Burley") and their families -- lots of love from Big Brother in Dallas.
Produced by Dave Zoller for dpz JAZZ, Inc.
Executive producer: Ambrose G. Hampton, Jr.