Not Dark Yet

by Nathan Parker Smith

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Tjarko Busink
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Tjarko Busink Oh man...the other reviews are so spot on. Big band goes metal indeed. Very good.
Christopher Moklebust
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Christopher Moklebust Not Dark Yet is the penultimate evolution of the big band. It's heavy, brutal, and unforgiving. The brass section is insanely loud and foreboding - the glissando's of the winds will spin your mind like a carousel on crack. This is far beyond pump up music - this is music set about to destroy the world! Favorite track: Build and Destroy.
Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier Heavy metal big band music. While this is technically jazz or fusion, it's so aggressive and heavy that it's honestly closer to metal. Fine by me! Favorite track: Creature Rebellion.
Can This Even Be Called Music?
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Can This Even Be Called Music? This lineup makes for a very fully sounding band, heavily layered in harmonies and rhythms, as well as timbres, Favorite track: Interstellar Radiation Field.
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"This is the work of an intelligent and capable conductor, leading his army through a flurry of aggressive leftfield maneuvers." Ari Sadowitz, Huffington Post.

“It’s a concentrated, potent dose of thundering jazz-metal power, more orchestral than big-band, thrilling no matter how you categorize it.” Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance.

“…[a] seriously aggressive large ensemble… Music that speaks loudly and carries a big stick, too.” Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound.

“…[a] muscular, bracingly intricate new disc…” Time Out New York.

“Don’t let the eighteen-member size of this jazz band scare you. This isn’t Grandpa’s big band, nor your Dad’s. Nor necessarily anybody else who’s into big band jazz. The Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble, perhaps the world’s only modern creative heavy metal horn band, is for the rest of us.” S. Victory Aaron, Something Else Reviews.

“…[a] band that just about blows down the house… This is blockbuster, even bruising, music with little respite on the program; such vigorous music might scare some folks away, [I] can’t wait to hear this ensemble live.” Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest.


released October 14, 2014

Woodwinds: Kevin Russell, Chris Shade, Michael Thomas, Justin Flynn, Alden Banta. Trumpets: Augie Haas, David Smith, Josh Deutsch, Matt Holman. Trombones: Matthew McDonald, Nick Finzer, JC Sanford, James Rogers. Rhythm: Landon Knoblock, Rhodes. Kenji Shinagawa, guitar. Russ Flynn, bass. Jared Schonig, drums.
Recorded at Let ‘em In Studio, Brooklyn, NY on 8/26, 9/13, 9/30, & 10/7 2014 by Luke Moellman and Brian Losch. Mixed by Luke Moellman & Nathan Parker Smith. Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound. Produced by Nathan Parker Smith. Funding for tracks 2,3, & 11 provided by the BMI Manny Albam Commission. All compositions by Nathan Parker Smith, © 2014 NPSMUSIC/ASCAP. Exclusively licensed to Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, LLC. Made in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws.



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Brooklyn based composer and bandleader Nathan Parker Smith released his debut large ensemble album October 14th, 2014 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The group’s live shows have been noted for their unapologetically aggressive and engaging style, heavily informed by European heavy metal, 20th century classical composition and progressive rock. ... more

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