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Brand new from Accurate:
Hot Town
Ghost Train Orchestra
"Hot Town is all about fun." 
–Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes
Arranger, transcriber, trumpeter and singer (stay tuned!) Brian Carpenter and his Ghost Train Orchestra shine a brilliant light on under-recognized early big band music of the late 1920s.

Their Accurate debut, Hothouse Stomp, and followup Book of Rhapsodies, were wildly successful and critically acclaimed.

Hot Town finds the band in top form, recorded by Grammy Award winner Danny Blume, playing exciting and sophisticated arrangements with contemporary energy and attitude.

Of previous GTO albums, critics have written...

"Carpenter leads a suberb band of New York-based vanguardists [who maintain] the contrapuntal flash, sweet voicings, and fiery rhythms of the original era..." 

--Peter Margasak, Downbeat

"Music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy. Every track...has the hookiness of a pop hit." --Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

"There hasn'’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever...GTO is creating its own electrifying musical gold." 

--Andrew Velez, New York City Jazz Record

"The arrangements...pop like fireworks." --Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance

"Brian Carpenter, who plays the trumpet here, took these old-old recordings, transcribed them for a ten-piece band and added his own touches. It's music with grit to it, with drive and raw energy. It's delightfully familiar, too — or is it? ...Plenty of delights for the close listener." 

--Patrick Jarenwattananon, for All Things Considered

Brian Carpenter: trumpet, harmonica

Dennis Lichtman: clarinet

Andy Laster: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone

Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone

Curtis Hasselbring: trombone

Mazz Swift: violin, vocals

Jordan Voelker: viola, musical saw

Cynthia Sayer: plectrum banjo

Ron Caswell: tuba

Rob Garcia: drums

Colin Stetson: bass saxophone

Andrew Stern: tenor banjo

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CATCH AS CATCH CAN  (AC-5066) New release, Nov 11 2014 
This reissue of 1996 recording date features trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill fronting a big band and a combo for a set of standards.The impeccable combo includes tenor man Harry Allen, underappreciated great Joe Cohn on guitar, Jeremy Kahn on piano, the late Dennis Irwin on bass and Duffy Jackson at the drums. The big band, appearing on three selections, includes a very young Chris Botti in the trumpet section.

Highlights include Joe Cohn's father Al Cohn's big band arrangement of his own "Nose Cone"; Harry Allen's superb bop-style arrangement of "Secret Love"; Merill's equally boppish take on the "Theme from 'Bewitched'"; and the soloing throughout, hard-swinging and elegant.

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GOT A BRAN' NEW SUIT! (AC-5067) New release, Nov 11 2014
Merrill's 2003 recording keeps together the core of Harry Allen, Joe Cohn and Duffy Jackson, and brings in the wonderful Bill Charlap on piano and Jay Leonhardt at the bass. Howard Alden adds guitar to the title track and Mike LeDonne lays down some organ on two tracks, with John Allred playing trombone on several tracks.

The program here includes Great American Songbook entrants like "Three Little Words" and "Just You, Just Me," but includes newer material by Dave Frishberg, Randy Newman and Jay Leonhardt, plus the iconic "Odd Couple Theme" by Neil Hefti.

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Both Catch and Bran' New Suit were originally released on Merrill's own Boomerang label, but these reissues on Accurate represent their first wide distribution and first digital availability.

Cheerin' Up The Universe (AC-5068) Fall 2015 

For his next release, Merrill assembled stellar cast of musicians he has worked with in one setting or another since his teen years to play songs that have meant a lot to him over his decades in jazz. John Medeski brings his unique juju to the keyboards, Drew Zingg (w Boz Skaggs, Steely Dan) plays guitar, Nicki Parrott and George Schuller contribute bass and drums. Also Accurate Records honcho Russ Gershon appears on saxes and his Either/Orchestra bandmate Vicente Lebron mans the percussion. The incomparable Roswell Rudd adds his trombone on one track and Matthew Fries plays piano on several tracks.

Accurate Records...

Russ Gershon, founder of the Either/Orchestra, created Accurate Records in 1986 to release the E/O's first LP,
Dial "E."  In 1989, Accurate began releasing CDs by other artists, beginning with the Billy Skinner Double Jazz Quartet and continuing to such future stars as Morphine, Medeski Martin & Wood and the Alloy Orchestra. 

More recent artists have included Club D'Elf, Josh Roseman, the Ghost Train Orchestra and Agachiko.