I just spent my entire weekend working with JABB and I have to say that I knew it would be great, but I had no idea it would be this great. Because I have piano, drum and, bass libraries that are bigger than the entire JABB library, I just assumed that I would want to use these other libraries with JABB because the lack of a bazillion gigs of sample layers would lead to the dreaded machine gun effect. I just couldn't have been more wrong.
In particular the drum samples are the best I have heard for jazz. I have never been satisfied with the ride cymbals of any previous drum library for jazz work. The rides are superb, the toms are amazing, the hats and snares are just perfect!! Every single instrument in this library sounds great and it is because of the fact that, not only were these brilliantly recorded, but the library was so well thought out and programmed, that they are just so...so..well, musical!
The brilliant use of controllers allows the user to get just about any articulation without resorting to a huge number of samples. the process of playing them is incredibly intuitive and just plain fun.
I am currently working on a rendition of Gene Krupa's "Sing, Sing, Sing" that really highlights these incredible drums. I'm still working on the horns, but the rhythm section is complete and sounds incredible- I can't wait to hear the finsished version and share it. Please forgive me for ever doubting, I will never do that again with a Garritan product.