Top Ten Best Jazz CD of 2013!!!



Just announced on 12/31/2013, The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine CD, “It’s About Time” was voted one of The Top 10 Best Jazz CD’s of 2013 by the listeners and staff at San Diego’s own KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM. The BBJM was only one of four local artists in the top 10 and the only Big Band CD to receive this recognition.

Top 10 Jazz CD's of 2013

Our New CD – “It’s About Time”

Announcing the new long awaited CD release of “It’s About Time”

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine is proud to announce the worldwide release of their 4th CD, “It’s About Time” on August 5, 2013. The CD features internationally famous jazz artists Wayne Bergeron, Gilbert Castellanos, Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel, Bill Cantos,and Dean Brown. With stellar compositions by Alan Baylock, Chris Braymen, Bill Cantos, Mike Crotty, Peter Herbolzheimer, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Brown and Rob Vuono.

Price is $18.00 each  includes Priority Mail shipping & handling in USA only.



What listeners are saying about “It’s About Time”
“Timeless tunes perfectly arranged and performed.  There was a big band craze a few years ago that didn’t last too long (like most crazes).  But the genre is one that rightfully deserves a longevity and the quality of it demonstrated here is a perfect example why”.   – M. Garber  Wisconsin
“I bought the CD for my dad for Christmas after reading about it on the Maynard Ferguson website. I was especially excited about hearing the previously unheard Maynard composition. We listened to the CD this morning and were absolutely blown away. You guys really kick some serious big band butt!  I just wish you would come to Ohio so we can hear  you in person!! ”    – Valerie T.  Ohio
“I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. It features a nice variety of big band jazz styles and arrangements. Steinberg, Brown, Marienthal and Bergeron are all standout soloists. It also features some lovely vocals from Janet Hammer, my personal favorite being “Some Other Time”. The CD culminates in what is the highlight for me. “Glory Glory”, co-composed by Chris Braymen and the late , great Maynard Ferguson. This tune was previously unrecorded! Wayne Bergeron is featured and does a masterful job of bringing back the spirit of Maynard. Listening to this transported me back to my youth and the fantastic feeling of listening to a new Maynard Ferguson recording. “Glory Glory” makes this CD a MUST BUY for all Maynard fans”.    – Steve C.   California

While the big band era ended nearly seventy years ago, and the number of fulltime jazz orchestras around today can practically be counted on one hand, there are many world class part-time big bands with each major city seeming to have at least a few. The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine from San Diego, which was founded in 1979, can hold its own with most of its contemporaries.

Comprised of the standard eight brass (four trumpets and four trombones), five saxophones and three rhythm plus two singers, Liss’ big band also welcomes a few guests on a song or two apiece. Of those, guitarist Dean Brown is impressive on Wes Montgomery’s “Four On Six,” altoist Eric Marienthal plays beautifully on the ballad “Sally ‘O’,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellano is featured on “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise,” and everyone’s favorite lead trumpeter Wayne Bergeron brings back the spirit of Maynard Ferguson on the world premiere of “Glory, Glory,” a piece co-written by Ferguson.

Janet Hammer takes emotional vocals on “Some Other Time” and “When The Sun Comes Out,” Nathan Fry is effective on “That Old Black Magic,” and the two singers interact with each other on “Go ‘Way Moon.”

The core band also has plenty of chances to shine on these arrangements, the majority of which were written by Chris Braymen or Alan Baylock. Several of the musicians have solo space but it is the powerful ensembles and the spirit of the band that are most memorable. Lovers of modern swinging big bands will definitely want to pick up It’s About Time, which is available from CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes and

CD Review by Scott Yanow, February 2014  Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine