Voices (U of Memphis album)

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Voices [1] is an initial 2007 compact disc by the University of Memphis Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra recorded in the studio. This was their 1st full-length feature CD release since a LP recording under the direction of Gene Rush in 1987.[2][3] Since the late 1960s this group has been consistently recognized as one of the top collegiate jazz ensembles in the country recently being invited to the 2011 Jazz Education Network Convention,[4] the 2000 International Association for Jazz Education Convention, and touring Europe in 1998. Musicians from this CD went on to study with Bob Brookmeyer at the New England Conservatory of Music,[5] Indiana University, work professionally,[6][7] and teach at universities.[8][9]

UMSCJO Voice CD cover.jpg
Studio album by University of Memphis
Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra
Released September 4, 2007
Recorded April 15, 2004
April 9/10 2005
Genre Jazz, big band
Length 65:00
Label University of Memphis
Producer Jack Cooper[10]
University of Memphis
Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra chronology
The Memphis Jazz Box (compilation)
Out of the Bluffs
cat # UMR 7281
Audio sample
"In This Corner…"


The University of Memphis Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra CD Voices was recorded to present a wide range of music to include tunes arranged of past University of Memphis alumni Mulgrew Miller and James Williams. Before this release the group was honored to be included on the 3 CD compilation Memphis Jazz Box in 2004 released by Ice House Records.[11] U of M Jazz Orchestra alumni include James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Tony Reedus, Donald Brown, Bill Easley, and Bill Mobley.

Track listing[edit]

Track Listing:

No. Title Length
1. "In This Corner…(José Arellano)" 4:33
2. "Similau (Arden Clar/Harry Coleman, arr. George Russell, trans./edit. Jack Cooper)" 3:17
3. "Deliberation (Jeremy Shrader)" 5:25
4. "Renaissance Lovers (James Williams, arr. David Shotsberger)" 6:33
5. "Strauss’s Swing (Jeff Huddleston)" 5:14
6. "Not Tennessee Waltz (Dave Lisik)" 7:52
7. "Voices (Matt Tutor)" 6:57
8. "Longing (Mike Waldrop)" 6:41
9. "Samana (Manny Albam, arr. Bob Curnow)" 4:46
Total length: 65:00

Recording Sessions[edit]


  • directed - Dr. Jack Cooper
  • 1st alto saxophone - Isaac Daniel, Justin Johnson
  • 2nd alto saxophone - Kreston Smith, Nadra Bingham
  • 1st tenor saxophone/clarinet - Cedric Mayfield
  • 2nd tenor saxophone - Cameron Ross, Damian Sanchez, Bryant Lockhart
  • Baritone saxophone - Eric Hughes, Justin Johnson
  • Lead trumpet/flugelhorn - Jamie West, Kyle Millsap
  • 2nd (Lead) trumpet/flugelhorn - Brandon Potts, Marty Bishop
  • 3rd trumpet/flugelhorn - Hunter McClure
  • 4th trumpet/flugelhorn - Paul Morelli, Dave Lisik
  • 5th trumpet/flugelhorn - Jamaal Wicks, Paul McKinney
  • Lead trombone - Andrew Earle, Tony Garcia
  • 2nd trombone - Stephen Kirby, Andrew Earle
  • 3rd trombone - Chris Tucker
  • Bass trombone - Cecil “Buster” Harris, Lauren Watson
  • Guitar - Jason Barden
  • Piano - Amy Rempel
  • Bass - Roy Murdock
  • Drums - James Sexton on YouTube
  • Adjunct Faculty member Ed Murray performs all Latin and African percussion on tracks 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9


Works from the compact disc[edit]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
JazzTimes very favorable[14]
JazzTimes very favorable (2nd review)[15]
Jazzreview.com 2/4 stars[16]

"...that the playing is so impressive and has the feeling of being effortless on what must have been rather difficult charts to master...it is the rich ensemble sound that makes this CD most memorable"

JazzTimes.com (review 2008)[14]

"Throughout Voices, the writing is quite colorful, adventurous and challenging"

JazzTimes.com (review 2009)[15]


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