A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Duke Robillard has always had one foot in the blues world and one in the swing/jazz universe. He loves both styles of music and enjoys not only playing them separately but combining them together. The founder of Roomful of Blues back in 1967, Robillard has led dozens of projects throughout his career, including collaborations with guitarist Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jay McShann. On A Swingin Session, he plays with some of his favorite musicians, many of whom originated (like he did) in Rhode Island. While six horn players participate, there are no more than four on any one selection, and some numbers do not have any. The contrasting tenor solos are fun to hear, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Duke Robillard has always had one foot in the blues world and one in the swing/jazz universe. He loves both styles of music and enjoys not only playing them separately but combining them together. The founder of Roomful of Blues back in 1967, Robillard has led dozens of projects throughout his career, including collaborations with guitarist Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jay McShann. On A Swingin Session, he plays with some of his favorite musicians, many of whom originated (like he did) in Rhode Island. While six horn players participate, there are no more than four on any one selection, and some numbers do not have any. The contrasting tenor solos are fun to hear, with Scott Hamilton sounding smooth and mellow on his numbers while Sax Gordon is greasier and much closer to Illinois Jacquet. Present throughout are Bruce Katz (mostly on organ), one of three bassists (usually Marty Ballou), and drummer Mark Teixeira. Robillard takes vocals on half of the selections in his personable way, but it is his guitar solos, which hint at both Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, that often take honors. Performing medium-tempo blues, jump tunes, standards, and good-time numbers, Duke Robillard shows listeners a fun time and clearly enjoys himself, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532133128
  • Catalog Number: 1331
  • Sales rank: 241,848

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Robillard Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Katz Organ, Piano
Marty Ballou Acoustic Bass
Al Basile Cornet
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Doug James Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Carl Querfurth Trombone
Jessie Williams Acoustic Bass
Dave Ballou Trumpet
John Packer [High Flight Society] Acoustic Bass
Mark Teixeira Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Duke Robillard Composer, Producer
John Paul Gauthier Engineer, Management
Hot Lips Page Composer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Fred Rose Composer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Joe Eldridge Composer
Bob Shelton Composer
Joe Shelton Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Einar A. Swan Composer
Arthur Terker Composer
Traditional Composer
Thom Hiller Engineer
Aristine Jackson Composer
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