David Baker; Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra Basically (David) Baker
Basically Baker is a classic example of what can happen when you unify
the saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm sections of a big band
and add a tuba to the ensemble, a distinct departure from earlier arranging
techniques utilized by old-school bandleaders, such as Fletcher Henderson
and Don Redman, back in 1930's and the swing era.
Baker's more modern approach opens new dimensions in the music,
creating new timbral textures and inspiring improvisers to explore
more complex ideas.
“I don't think it was necessarily innovative on my part,”
David said, recalling his emergence as a jazz arranger and composer in the 1950's.
“It was more a part of the zeitgeist, of what was happening at the time.”