Steve Wiest Big Band releases Excalibur

Former featured trombone soloist/writer with Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinsen, and UNT 1:00 alum Steve Wiest was signed to a record deal recently with Arabesque Jazz (home of Charles McPherson, Ray Drummond, Jane Ira Bloom, et al). His first project with the label is titled "Excalibur" and features 8 new originals and arrangements for big band all penned by Wiest. The band is an all-star line up consisting of UNT, Maynard, Woody, and Basie alum and features Wiest’s trombone playing throughout. The project was recorded in Chicago and mixed by Phil Bulla (Phil has mixed all the 1:00 recordings since Lab ’86).

The project will officially be released on August 28, but you can get pre-release copies from the following sites:

Many of the MP3 sites such as:
E-Music

Arabesque Jazz Site (where Excalibur is the 2nd place best-seller after only 1 month!)
http://www.arabesquerecords.com/

The Steve Wiest Big Band Excalibur Personnel List

Trumpets
Mike Williams
Matt Antoniewicz
Scott Harrell
Mike Plog

Trombones
Paul McKee
Mark Bettcher
Barry Oosterwaal
Matt Ingman

Saxophones
Tim Ishii (lead alto)
Randy Hamm
Ed Petersen
Sam Fettig
Glenn Kostur

Rhythm Section:
Matt Harris: piano
Bob Bowman: bass
Bob Rummage: drums
Dave Bayles: drums
Mike Standal: guitar

Producers:
Tom Matta/Steve Wiest
Exec: Marvin Reese
Assoc: Chaim Roberts
Conductor:
Doug Beach
Engineer:
Roger Heiss
Mixed By:
Phil Bulla