Lester Bowie The Fire This Time (Live)

Q: 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[the CD was] recorded live in Switzerland the day after the LA riots, and is fired with righteous anger, a rare emotion to hear from a tuba and French horn..."
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CD Details

  • Released: May 16, 1995
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: In & Out Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 6/16/95, p.61
"...Here's the gloriously fat, ringing tone of one of the foremost trumpeters of our time, leading a swaggering 10-piece band....they understand better than many of today's solemn young lions the fun and impudence that helped define jazz."
- Rating: A-
Q - 7/93, p.87
4 Stars - Excellent - "...[the CD was] recorded live in Switzerland the day after the LA riots, and is fired with righteous anger, a rare emotion to hear from a tuba and French horn..."
Down Beat - 10/95, pp.46-47
4.5 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...It is exceedingly pleasurable to listen to a band loaded with confidence and capable of shifting easily from mood to mood....THE FIRE THIS TIME is a five-alarmer, packed with red-hot moments."
Option - 9-10/95, p.99
"...The Brass Fantasy's music is not only powerful but highly entertaining, and Bowie puts on a jazz clinic as he draws from Dixieland, rhythm & blues, and the big band charts of Ellington and Basie..."


  • 1.Night Time (Is the Right Time)
  • 2.For Louis
  • 3.Journey Towards Freedom
  • 4.Remember the Time
  • 5.Strange Fruit
  • 6.Siesta for the Fiesta
  • 7.Night Life
  • 8.Black or White
  • 9.Three for the Festival
  • 10.The Great Pretender

Product Description:

Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy: Lester Bowie, E.J. Allen, Gerald Brazel, Tony Barrero (trumpet); Frank Lacy, Louis Bonilla (trombone); Vincent Chancey (French horn); Bob Stewart (tuba); Vinnie Johnson (drums); Famoudou Don Moye (percussion).
Recorded live at the Moonwalker Club, Aarburg, Switzerland on May 1, 1992. Includes liner notes by Lester Bowie.
Personnel: Lester Bowie (trumpet); E. J. Allen, E.J. Allen, Gerald Braxel, Gerald Brazel, Tony Barrero, Gerald Brazel (trumpet); Vincent Chancey (French horn); Louis Bonilla, Frank Lacy, Luis Bonilla (trombone); Bob Stewart (tuba); Vinnie Johnson (drums); Famoudou Don Moye (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Johannes Wohlleben.
Recording information: The Moonwalker, Aarburg, Switzerland (05/01/1992).
Author: Lester Bowie.
Photographers: Deborah Bowie; A. Taylor; A. Taylor.
Arrangers: E.J. Allen; Byron Bowie; Steve Turre.
This warm and blistering set by Lester Bowie's 10-piece Brass Fantasy--four trumpets, two trombones, one French horn, a tuba, and two sets of percussion--was recorded live in Switzerland in 1992. The compositions, which are punctuated with graceful, occasionally humorous solos, touch on the full breadth of Bowie's and the ensemble's interests and skills. For instance, a pair of songs by Michael Jackson shows the ensemble's interest in contemporary pop. There're also Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Three for the Festival" and Jimmie Lunceford's "Siesta for the Fiesta." "For Louis," by Phillip Wilson (to whom the album is dedicated) is another well-suited and finely executed piece. The show closes with "The Great Pretender," one of Brass Fantasy's signature numbers.

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