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Multitude of Stars
     

A Multitude of Stars

by Statesmen of Jazz
 
Sorting out who played what on A Multitude of Stars isn't, at first glance, easy, mostly because the Statesmen of Jazz consists of about 30 musicians. Luckily, they take turns playing in fairly large combos under various leaders over the course of two discs. The talent involved is enormous, and even naming a handful of the participants -- Clark Terry, See more details below

Overview

Sorting out who played what on A Multitude of Stars isn't, at first glance, easy, mostly because the Statesmen of Jazz consists of about 30 musicians. Luckily, they take turns playing in fairly large combos under various leaders over the course of two discs. The talent involved is enormous, and even naming a handful of the participants -- Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, and Bucky Pizzarelli -- impresses. Each group is allowed three to six pieces to show off their particular style, giving listeners plenty of time to assess and enjoy each set. Terry leads the first group, and they kick off with two of his originals -- "Top and Bottom" and "Elijah" -- before delving into an eight-minute romp on Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues" with a fine vocal by Carrie Smith. Terry's fairly modern set makes way for Ed Polcer's backward glance with clarinetist Peplowski in tow. There's an enormously fun take on "Honeysuckle Rose," and a short but sweet version of the Gershwins' "Shall We Dance." There are other sets by leaders Benny Powell, Buddy DeFranco, Johnny Frigo, and Joe Wilder. Finally, A Multitude of Stars seems like an overly full sampler, giving one a chance to dip into the repertoire of seven different groups. As with other Arbors releases, the players always sound like they're in the zone, delivering imaginative music even when relying on older forms. A Multitude of Stars is a very enjoyable and well-played set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941130324
catalogNumber:
202

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Statesmen of Jazz   Primary Artist
Louie Bellson   Drums
Kenny Davern   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Leader,Guest Appearance
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Norman Simmons   Piano
Warren Vaché   Trumpet,Cornet
George Masso   Trombone
Carrie Smith   Vocals
Derek Smith   Piano
Joe Wilder   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Leader
Jane Jarvis   Piano
Don Sickler   Trumpet,Cornet
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Double Bass
Keter Betts   Bass,Double Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Leader
Johnny Frigo   Violin,Leader,Vocals
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Bob Kindred   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Leonhart   Bass,Double Bass
Eddie Locke   Drums
Dennis Mackrel   Drums
Earl May   Bass,Double Bass
Benny Powell   Trombone,Leader
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Jackie Williams   Drums
Johnny Varro   Piano
Ed Polcer   Trumpet,Cornet,Leader

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Bucky Pizzarelli   Duet
Fats Waller   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Clark Terry   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer,Duet
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Mat Domber   Producer
Rachel Domber   Producer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Raymond Hubbell   Composer
Rachel & Mat Domber   Audio Production

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