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Big City Rhythms

Big City Rhythms

by Michael Feinstein
     
 
Feinstein proclaims that swing is No. 1 when it comes to BIG CITY RHYTHMS. This rollicking recording places America's Ambassador of Song in a variety of jazzy settings, which he takes to like a swing dancer and his zoot suit. Feinstein's lush, mellow tenor is sensual and romantic on "Close Your Eyes," "The Very Thought of You," and the seductively retro "Girl Talk,"

Overview

Feinstein proclaims that swing is No. 1 when it comes to BIG CITY RHYTHMS. This rollicking recording places America's Ambassador of Song in a variety of jazzy settings, which he takes to like a swing dancer and his zoot suit. Feinstein's lush, mellow tenor is sensual and romantic on "Close Your Eyes," "The Very Thought of You," and the seductively retro "Girl Talk," as well as the silky-smooth medley of "When Your Lover Has Gone/The Gal That Got Away." But Feinstein and Ferguson glow their brightest when the heat's turned up on such workouts as "Rhythm of the Blues" and "Swing Is Back in Style," (both penned by the singer), Rodgers and Hart's classic "Johnny One Note," and two wonderful Comden and Green perennials, "Love Is Nothin' but a Racket" and "New York, New York." Judging from BIG CITY RHYTHMS, this cabaret king may well be ready to hit the jazz clubs.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The pairing of premier era-gone-by pianist/crooner Michael Feinstein and the legendary Maynard Ferguson Big Band is such a rousing success that it's surprising the two didn't think of it before. While the set mainly consists of whatever beautiful, offbeat standards Feinstein hasn't yet had the opportunity to record (including the sassy Bobby Troup number "Girl Talk" and the humorous Rodgers & Hart tune "Johnny One Note"), he sums up not only the spirit of this recording but of his whole retro-minded career on the clever original "Swing Is Back in Style." With the 21-piece big band simmering in the background, just waiting to splash in with some playful brass accents, Feinstein chronicles the rock and rap eras and says, essentially, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that.... While he's always shown talent as a songwriter, his success rises and falls completely on his interpretive style, and here he is in top form from the opening strains of the bold, heavily swinging "Close Your Eyes." Typically on uptempo gems like this, he'll let the band rise as a harmony line, then give it ample time to strut its stuff after the final verse and before the final chorus. Other unique choices are "One Day at a Time," which speaks to the ephemeralness of life (like Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here to Stay," a Feinstein favorite), and "Love Is Nothin' But a Racket." Ferguson mostly leads his explosive ensemble here but occasionally blows solo -- and there's nothin' finer than that.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431486923
catalogNumber:
4869
Rank:
281424

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Matt Catingub   Alto Saxophone
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Bandleader
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Shew   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Bryant Byers   Bass Trombone
Tom Garling   Trombone
Dan Higgins   Tenor Saxophone
Sal Lozano   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Self   Tuba
Albie Berk   Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Adolfo Acosta   Trumpet
Dave Throckmorton   Drums
Mike Dubaniewicz   Alto Saxophone
Earl MacDonald   Piano
Brian Ploeger   Trumpet
Brian Stahurski   Bass
Reggie Watkins   Trombone
Jim Brenan   Tenor Saxophone
Alex Iles   Trombone

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Maynard Ferguson   Producer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
John Kander   Composer
John Burk   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Tom Garling   Arranger
Adolph Green   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Eddie Karam   Arranger
Mort Lindsey   Arranger
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Alexis Davis   Director
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Clarence Profit   Composer
Roger Dong   Portrait Photography
Marshall Barer   Composer

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