Dancing in the Sky

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Dr. Michael White has recorded fairly often since the early '90s, and displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists. On some of his previous sessions, he slips out of tune in spots, but happily that is not the case on Dancing in the Sky, which is easily his finest recording to date. White composed all but two of the selections and, while some pieces are based on obvious predecessors, others are more original. White is joined by an excellent rhythm section, one of three trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Mark Braud, or Gregory Stafford, and trombonist Lucien Barbarin. The opening "Algiers Hoodoo Woman" is a little reminiscent of "The Mooche," having the same ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Dr. Michael White has recorded fairly often since the early '90s, and displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists. On some of his previous sessions, he slips out of tune in spots, but happily that is not the case on Dancing in the Sky, which is easily his finest recording to date. White composed all but two of the selections and, while some pieces are based on obvious predecessors, others are more original. White is joined by an excellent rhythm section, one of three trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Mark Braud, or Gregory Stafford, and trombonist Lucien Barbarin. The opening "Algiers Hoodoo Woman" is a little reminiscent of "The Mooche," having the same mysterious feel. Payton, who takes both a wah-wah and an open solo, perfectly fits into this classic style. "Dancing in the Sky Reflection" is a cheerful piece featuring Gregory Stafford on trumpet and vocal. "The Truth of the Blues," a quartet showcase for White, is essentially George Lewis' "Burgundy Street Blues," while the catchy "Give It Up" has the same chords as "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon." "The Hag's Rag" is a delightful new rag by White, on which he recalls Tony Parenti a bit. The old-time vaudevillian blues "Angel in the Day Devil at Night" features the singing of Thais Clark and a surprise ending in the lyrics. "Jambalaya Strut" brings back the sound of Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers in an arrangement that expertly uses breaks with White emulating Johnny Dodds and Payton taking a stop-time solo. "Where the Mighty Mississippi Sleeps" is a melancholy ballad that contrasts with "New Orleans Bounce," a lengthy romp for White on a medium-tempo blues. The set concludes with the feel of early-'30s Duke Ellington on "Creole Nights," a vocal by Gregory Stafford on "Down by the Riverside," some emotional clarinet on a slow "Amazing Grace," and a parade band stomp "Dancing in the Sky [Transition]" that has all three trumpeters interacting. Everything works on this memorable outing, which is highly recommended to fans of New Orleans jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905050323
  • Catalog Number: 503
  • Sales rank: 202,281

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. Michael White Primary Artist, Clarinet
Steve Pistorius Piano
Lucien Barbarin Trombone
Nicholas Payton Trumpet
Greg Stafford Trumpet, Vocals
Herman Lebeaux Drums
Mark Brooks Bass
Kerry Lewis Bass, Tuba
Thais Clark Vocals
Mark Braud Trumpet
Detroit Brooks Banjo, Guitar
Gregory Stafford Trumpet, Vocals
Stephen Pistorius Piano
Technical Credits
Dr. Michael White Composer
Mark Bingham Producer, Engineer
John Fischbach Mastering
John Newton Composer
Unknown Blues Band Composer
Diana Thornton Graphic Design
Mark Samuels Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
William Samuels Associate Executive Producer
Wesley Fontenot Pro-Tools
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dixieland jazz at its best.

    The album is a fine example of Dixieland music. All the songs are arranged and performed with Dr. White's beautiful style.

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