26 November 1925 (age 95)
Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, United States
Phil Sunkel, cornet and trumpet player, was born in 1925 in Zanesville, Ohio. He played with the Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet, Stan Getz, Sauter-Finegan, Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and Tito Rodriguez bands. Leaving his role as a soloist aside, Phil mainly stood out as an arranger and composer of talent, being these recordings his most celebrated works and the only ones he did as a leader.
“MY idea of a jazzband,” he said “is something between a small combo and a big band incorporating the good features of both. Here we have the flexibility of a small group which allows the soloist a maximum of freedom, plus the color and drama produced by the different ensemble sounds.”
The further possibilities of using a three voice group superimposed on a similarly conceived orchestral backdrop originated Sunkel’s most ambitious and outstanding work: Jazz Concerto Grosso.
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