Thanks for posting about this.
You never know what the editors are going to decide and this came as quite a surprise.
This award goes to Tom Hopkins. It was his vision and his hard work that made this library possible.
Jazz plays such an important role in music and music education. But jazz and big band had long been neglected by the sample industry and I hope this opens the doors to other jazz and big band libraries. Jazz is a very nuanced music form and a new approach was needed. It took someone like Tom, with over 35 years of Jazz performance experience, to be able to pull this off.
We are very pleased that Jazz and Big Band swept the major awards. This is our second Editor's choice award (the first was GOS which created the Sample Libraries category for the Award). Not only did it win the Electronic Musician's Editors’ Choice Award, but also the other major industry awards including the Keyboard Magazine KeyBuy Award, The Sound on Sound 5 out of 5 Starts, and the Music Tech Excellence Award. Again, all trophies for Tom.
An brief excerpt from the January issue:
Composing and arranging for jazz band just got a lot easier with the release of Garritan Jazz and Big Band library and sample player. this "band" has groove power that will lift you out of your seat, with wailing saxes, screeching trumpets and howling trombones as well as a full rhythm section that never drops a beat. Rounding out the ensembles is a vast assortment of Latin and other percussion...Congratulations are in order to Native Instruments for winning an Editor's Choice Award for Akoustic Piano (and thanks for their sample engine which powers JABB) and to VSL for winning an award for the Symphonic Cube.
Jazz and Big Band uses a "performance-driven" approach to articulation that requires you shape and sculpt the performances. A healthy dose of MIDI controller data is often needed to create convincing musical passages. But whether you're composing a smokin' swing or bop chart or arranging an ultra smooth fusion or cool score, Jazz and Big Band will be the only sample library you'll need. Here's a tap on the stand to the Garritan crew!
Thanks to others who made this library and the award possible - Chuck Israels who gave so much input and consultation (and also played bass in the library), Gary Lindsay, Jeannot for the precise editing, the musicians who endured sore lips and fingers (and Tom again for playing the triple C on his trumpet in the library), and the beta testers who helped us refine the library. And thanks to all of you who supported this project - this award goes to you too (but Tom probably isn't going to give up the trophy).