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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Howard University Jazz Ensemble - Night Breeze 1977

Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE) was founded in 1975 by its director, Fred Irby, III. Outstanding performances in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean have caused it to be recognized as one of the foremost college jazz ensembles. HUJE has been heard on radio and television as well as in concert, often appearing with celebrated performers. Members of the HUJE have won awards as performers and composers/arrangers, and the ensemble includes among its alumni several practicing jazz artists. Additionally, the HUJE was featured during the 1992, 1996 and 2005 Kennedy Center Honors Gala (CBS-TV).


HUJE has released albums every year from 1976 until today. Yes every year!!! From 1976 has released some specials jazz albums. I had the pleasure to buy one of them which was released on Mark Records in 1977. It was recorded on May 1 & 2, 1977 at Track Recorders, Inc. It is the second album in history of the band.

Arranged by Edwin Scott. Produced by the Division of Development and University Relations and the Department of Music. 
My favorite track is entitled "Night Breeze". Benjamin Sands on tenor saxophone and Geri Allen on keyboards.
This famous track was composed by Bobby Lyle which has been recorded from many artists. First recording by Ronnie Laws in 1976 at The Total Experience Recording Sudio.

This sample is Souldennis "Re-Edit"

Note: The above posted track is not played in full. Also this sample was created by Souldennis and was not included on this album. The album track is a bit different.

For more info about Howard University Jazz Ensemble you can see here

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