Stephanie Harrison vocal
Jens Wendelboe solo trombone
Jon Saxon (lead), Keith Gurland alto saxophone
Ken Nigro, Fred Scerbo tenor saxophone
Jason Polise baritone saxophone
Per Onnerud (lead), Louise Baranger, Andrew Willmott, Larry Nissman trumpet 1,2,3,4
Joe Letizia (lead), Erick Storckman, Howard Levy trombone 1,2,3
Walter Barrett bass trombone-tuba
Paul Mariconda keys
Ryan Parrino guitar
Michael Nunno bass
Tyger MacNeal drums
Ken Giuffre soprano sax
Joel A. Martin, Kris Yunker keys
Release No: LOS 251-2
All compositions by Jens Wendelboe
Conducted and produced by Jens Wendelboe
Co-producer Jason Polise
Recorded and mixed January 2020 through August 2021 by Jason Polise at Jason Polise Studio, Connecticut, USA,
Mastered July 2021 by Morten Lund at Lund´s Lyd, Oslo, Norway
Front cover drawing by Tone Vestøl
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Jens has for many years been living in USA. He is best known internationally for playing and touring with «Blood, Sweat and Tears» from 2006 to 2014, playing on two Jeff Lorber releases and being a conductor and arranger for Donna Summer for many years. He has led his own big bands and played latin and fusion with his own quartets.
Jens about the production:
This is the longest and hardest CD production that I have ever ventured into. But as I have always said, it is the process, not necessarily the final product, that is interesting.
Composing music can be a very solitary endeavor but writing and arranging the 12 compositions for this band and CD production was an interesting journey in and of itself. As we worked and recorded, re-writing and revisions were a constant part of the process. And it must be said, that working with the lyricist Kari Iveland, whom I have now had the pleasure of working with on many different projects, was a blast.
Covid 19 played a large role in the naming of the album “Against All Odds.” We were only able to have one full band rehearsal at a private home, and fatefully managed to get all the rhythm section tracks recorded in just two days in March 2020 right before Covid 19 quarantine measures set in. Then everything shut down and the policy of not being able gather more than 4 people in one place, made it impossible to work with a 20-piece big band. We tried coming up with a new and safe plan for rehearsals and recordings, but it was not possible. The pandemic proceeded to get worse and grounded everything to a halt.
In late spring 2020 several new attempts were made to hold the horn section rehearsals, but to no avail. We even started a trumpet section rehearsal but called it off after a few minutes because it did not feel safe. In the meantime, Jason Polise my co-producer/magician/mixer/editor and musician edited and mixed the rhythm section tracks and recorded the baritone sax alone. Finally, by June it was warm enough for us to do a safe-distance rehearsal outside – to my neighbors’ delight. We pulled it off with the saxophone section, and the next day we recorded the 4 saxophones in the studio by placing people in booths, more than 10 feet apart and with masks, open windows, and doors.
We repeated this procedure separately with the trombone and trumpet sections and were able to get most of the sections recorded by July. Jason and I also made rhythm section tracks for the different musicians to use for overdubbing their solos, and some people recorded tracks at home. Just to collect and organize all the loose takes and versions of all the recordings, was a very tedious and long process. With all this in place, we began the process of editing and rough mixing the arrangements – and were nostalgic for the days of live recordings…ha-ha!
Now on a roll, we secured a record company who was interested in releasing the production internationally from Norway. They too had their wishes regarding this production and further adjustments were made. We are grateful for their positivity and help in the process of getting this all finalized.
In conclusion, a band consisting of more than two people is a potential problem – so there were of course additional obstacles happening along the way – but we kept pushing on and are proud to present “Against All Odds” which we hope you will enjoy.
Jens Wendelboe, July 2021