Swinging Singing Playing CD (2009)

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Label Mack Avenue Records/ryko
SKU 211450066
UPC 673203104822
UPC 14 00673203104822
Format CD
Release Date 8/25/2009
Author Count Orchest Basie
Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Bashung, Alain
Associated Artist/Work Bennett, Tony
Associated Artist/Work Bennett, Tony (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work Brewer, Teresa
Associated Artist/Work Coltrane, John
Associated Artist/Work Count Basie With Joe Williams
Associated Artist/Work Crosby, Bing
Associated Artist/Work Ellington Edward Kennedy
Associated Artist/Work Ellington, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Fitzgerald, Ella
Associated Artist/Work Goodman, Benny
Associated Artist/Work Harris, Gene
Associated Artist/Work Hendricks
Associated Artist/Work Hendricks, Jon
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Quincy
Associated Artist/Work Krupa, Gene
Associated Artist/Work McGriff, Jimmy
Associated Artist/Work Miller, Glenn
Associated Artist/Work Mills Brothers
Associated Artist/Work Mills Brothers (The)
Associated Artist/Work Moten, Bennie
Associated Artist/Work Prysock, Arthur
Associated Artist/Work Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orch
Associated Artist/Work Quinichette, Paul
Associated Artist/Work Randy Reinhardt
Associated Artist/Work Reinhart, Randy
Associated Artist/Work Rich, Buddy
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Keely
Associated Artist/Work Starr, Kay
Associated Artist/Work Terry, Clark
Associated Artist/Work The Modern Jazz Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Turner, Big Joe
Associated Artist/Work Valente, Caterina
Associated Artist/Work Vaughan, Sarah
Associated Artist/Work Volenta, Carolina
Associated Artist/Work Williams, Joe
Associated Artist/Work Young, Lester
Technical Info
Engineer Todd Whitelock
Producer Dennis Quartet Wilson; Al Pryor; Al Pryor; Dennis Wilson
CatalogID MAC 1048
Lable Name Mack Avenue
Released 09/28/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00673203104822
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Will Matthews (guitar); Cleave E. Guyton, Jr. (alto saxophone); Doug Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Scotty Barnhart , Mike "Love" Williams, James Zollar, Kriss T. Johnson Jr. (trumpet); Clarence Banks (trombone); Barry Cooper (bass trombone); Tony Suggs (piano); Marion Felder (drums).
Liner Note Author: Don Heckman.
Recording information: Legacy Studios, A509 on 38th St., New York, NY.
Editor: Missy Webb.
Photographer: Dennis Quartet Wilson.
Arrangers: Dennis Quartet Wilson; Quincy Jones.
Former Count Basie trombonist Dennis Wilson, who has spent many years teaching at the University of Michigan, takes over the reins of the big band as an arranger for this effort that features three appearances by Manhattan Transfer vocalist Janis Siegel and two from Nnenna Freelon. Familiar standards, some lesser-known tunes, and four of Wilson's originals are tossed together to vary the program. Siegel and Freelon sound comfortable in this setting, while given ample opportunity to sing well-known songs in their own way, while Jamie Cullum and Jon Hendricks also get spotlight cameos. There are instrumentals as well, and pianist Geri Allen -- one of several fine guest stars added on -- flies on the piece "Giant Blues Flag Waver," where staccato accents collide head on with hard bop. A natural guest for the Basie band, Frank Wess brings his always effervescent flute to top off and play in perfect tandem with the horns on the Quincy Jones arrangement of his classic and endearing tune "Jessica's Day." Wilson's "Dark Morning" is a classic ballad/blues with a solo from the rising star of jazz trumpet Scotty Barnhart, while "Naomi's Blues" is a cool, clean drink of water with slight flavor additives from two criminally underrated jazz veterans -- bassist James Leary and trombonist Clarence Banks. Of the vocal tracks, Cullum's Mark Murphy light style is unforced and frankly flatly effaced on the ballad "Blame It on My Youth," while Hendricks shows how to do it up right, in call and response with Curtis Fuller's trombone and Wilson's pixie muted trombone during the tick-tock neo-bopper "Blues on Mack Avenue." Siegel is her reliable self, singing the tale of her hip male friend during "Like Young," running along the rails with bassist Rufus Reid on "Close Your Eyes," and swooning delicately with pianist Hank Jones, Reid, and restrained drummer Butch Miles on the delicate "I Have Waited So Long." Freelon really digs in on her take of the spirited swinger "Too Close for Comfort," albeit a half step off, while her scatting with the brushed drumming of Miles on the intro of "Yesterdays" prompts the horns to slowly creep in, then roar. Though there's nothing remarkably innovative here, what is impressive is the consistency of the group playing together as a whole, and if you like jazz singers, this will appeal to you. It's a fine tribute to masters who are with and not with us, one that Mr. Basie would certainly approve of. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.58) - "CBO members are able to prove their mettle sans guests on the simmering toe-tapper 'Naiomi's Blues.'"
Record Collector (magazine) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine, finger-clicking set...which features a raft of guest cameos..."
Disc 1
1 Too Close For Comfort
2 Giant Blues Flag Waver
3 Like Young
4 Jessica's Day
5 Blame It On My Youth
6 Close Your Eyes
7 Naiomi's Blues
8 Yesterdays
9 I Have Waited So Long
10 Dark Morning
11 Blues On Mack Avenue
Product Attributes
Artist Basie,Count Orchest
Label Mack Avenue Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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