USA New Standard Jazz Orchestra -Waltz About Nothing (2016)
Since its inception in 2013, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra has emerged
as a serious musical force in Chicago, one with a voice all its own.
Co-led by saxophonist Ken Partyka and trombonist Andy Baker, the band is
filled with some of Chicago's finest musicians, composers and
arrangers, several who provide the majority of the band's repertoire.
Through their monthly residency at the famed Jazz Showcase, NSJO's
arrangers mine the ensemble for subtle textures and colors, starting out
simply and building in complexity, drawing on musical devices that
range beyond the typical as they establish rich backdrops for solos by
world-class improvisers such as John Wojciecowski, Marquis Hill, Mark
Colby and Tom Garling.