Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Led by saxophonist Jim Hobbs, and formerly known as The Fully Celebrated Orchestra, the group has been a fixture on Boston's jazz scene for more than two decades.
For its first release in four years, Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity), the founding line-up of Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko and drummer Django Carranza returned to the studio to document eight new quintessentially eclectic compositions.
“Jim Hobbs and his Fully Celebrated Orchestra combine vast musical prowess and playful, irreverent intelligence,” wrote AllAboutJazz.com’s Paul Olson in his review of the group’s most recent release, 2005’s Lapis Exilis (Skycap Records). “No one today is playing the alto better than Hobbs -- the vast range of tones he summons from the small horn is altogether remarkable...Carranza and Shanko are a devastating rhythm section...a powerhouse group. Jim Hobbs and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra play virtuoso jazz music with a marked eclecticism.” ...