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“Duff's Blues is a collision with casualties between the chittlin' circuit and the Savoy Ballroom. Jazz veteran Gene Ludwig adds his organ trio to the Bill Warfield Big Band for an eclectic blues-funkfest.”
“The band [led by Bill Warfield] whoops and slews in a George Russell-like manner on the rocking Creataloop, sidles stealthily on John Coltrane's Blue for Bechet, simmers romantically on a brass-led version of Petit Fleur, and swings hard on its Poulenc variations.”
“Bill Warfield's credentials include both academic and professional jazz accomplishments, and his experience is reflected in his compositions and arrangements for his big band.”
“... for al its novelty, Warfield's music is consistently absorbing and rhythmically appealing, and CD features strong soloists ... including the leader on trumpet.”
“... if you're getting the impression this ensemble has a big, powerful, contemporary sound, you're right. Bill Warfield's band can't wait to hit you right between the eyes and ears and the power doesn't shut down until the final bar of the final track.”
“Warfield's kind of music is a mixture of adventurous modernistic pieces, jazz-tinged salsa, and post-bop hipness... As an arranger, trumpeter Warfield is a top-rate craftsman, perhaps one of the best on the scene.”