Big Band

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Given the strong influence that Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing and Billy Eckstine have had on his work, it stands to reason that Kevin Mahogany would provide a big band-oriented album -- and on this early 2005 release, the deep-voiced Mahogany reminds us of the great contributions that male vocalists have made to jazz' big band tradition. Big Band doesn't find the Midwestern singer working with one big band exclusively; instead, he teams up with hard-swinging outfits that include Frank Mantooth's orchestra as well as the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band and the Big City Swing Big Band. And the producers vary, ranging from Mantooth to T.S. Monk to Allen Farnham. Nonetheless, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Given the strong influence that Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing and Billy Eckstine have had on his work, it stands to reason that Kevin Mahogany would provide a big band-oriented album -- and on this early 2005 release, the deep-voiced Mahogany reminds us of the great contributions that male vocalists have made to jazz' big band tradition. Big Band doesn't find the Midwestern singer working with one big band exclusively; instead, he teams up with hard-swinging outfits that include Frank Mantooth's orchestra as well as the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band and the Big City Swing Big Band. And the producers vary, ranging from Mantooth to T.S. Monk to Allen Farnham. Nonetheless, Big Band has a feeling of continuity; whether Mahogany is joining forces with Mantooth on "Moonlight in Vermont," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing" which receives an Afro-Cuban/salsa-influenced treatment and Harry "Sweets" Edison's "Centerpiece," or T.S. Monk on father Thelonious Monk's "Ruby My Dear," Mahogany recalls a time when male jazz vocalists made important contributions to the big bands of Count Basie and others. But he does it on his own soulful terms; Williams, Rushing, Eckstine and Johnny Hartman are creative inspirations to Mahogany, but they aren't people he actually tries to emulate. In terms of material, Big Band isn't as risk-taking as some of Mahogany's other albums; most of the standards that he embraces on this project are warhorses that have been recorded countless times over the years. Big Band won't go down in history as Mahogany's most adventurous or unconventional album, but even so, it's a solid, worthwhile effort from the expressive jazz singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Lightyear
  • UPC: 085365467521
  • Catalog Number: 54675
  • Sales rank: 120,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moonlight in Vermont (4:37)
  2. 2 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (4:30)
  3. 3 Centerpiece (7:08)
  4. 4 In the Evening (4:45)
  5. 5 One for My Baby (6:56)
  6. 6 Three Little Words (7:18)
  7. 7 Dear Ruby - T.S. Monk (4:38)
  8. 8 There Will Never Be Another You - Kansas City Boulevard Big Band (3:25)
  9. 9 It's Alright With Me - Veronica Martell (4:35)
  10. 10 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Mahogany Primary Artist, Vocals
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Roy Hargrove Flugelhorn
Bob Sheppard Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Shew Trumpet
Pat La Barbera Tenor Saxophone
Ramsey Lewis Piano
Danny Barber Trumpet
Paul McKee Trombone
Kim Park Alto Saxophone, Vocal Harmony
Craig Treinen Alto Saxophone
Jon Gordon Alto Saxophone
Veronica Martell Vocals
James Kimo Williams Piano
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Allen Farnham Arranger, Producer
Frank Mantooth Arranger, Producer
Irving Mills Composer
Don Sickler Arranger, Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Fred Breitberg Producer, Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Paul Hofmann Composer
Kevin Mahogany Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Michael Marciano Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Harry Warren Composer
T.S. Monk Producer
Richard Hanson Engineer
Tony Viscardo Producer, Engineer
John Blackburn Composer
Karl Sluessdorf Composer
Sally Swisher Composer
Dan Gailey Arranger, Producer
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