Diamonds for Nat

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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
At the time this recording was made, trombonist Scott Whitfield had successfully relocated to the West Coast, where he was leading his big band. He went back to New York City to record this one, and it features some major players from the local scene. This is a tribute album, dedicated to the music of trumpeter Nat Adderley, who was a major influence on the trombonist, so much so that only Adderley's photo appears on the cover of the CD. Nonetheless, Whitfield's stamp is everywhere. Not only did he arrange all the tunes for the big band and write the liner notes, but he also solos on four of the nine numbers, though he generously shares time with others. As to be expected,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
At the time this recording was made, trombonist Scott Whitfield had successfully relocated to the West Coast, where he was leading his big band. He went back to New York City to record this one, and it features some major players from the local scene. This is a tribute album, dedicated to the music of trumpeter Nat Adderley, who was a major influence on the trombonist, so much so that only Adderley's photo appears on the cover of the CD. Nonetheless, Whitfield's stamp is everywhere. Not only did he arrange all the tunes for the big band and write the liner notes, but he also solos on four of the nine numbers, though he generously shares time with others. As to be expected, Whitfield's writing is tight, detailed, and conservative, and the band appears comfortable with the arrangements, performing the pieces nearly flawlessly. While it does not break any new ground, the recording showcases Whitfield's fine writing and the impressive solos of the trombonist and others in the band. It also reminds you of the strong composing skills of Nat Adderley, his most notable tunes being "Work Song" and "Jive Samba." Whitfield is outstanding on trombone on his showcase, "Roses for Your Pillow," where he performs fluidly, though modestly, with superb range. The star-studded band also features a good solo from trombonist Peter McGuiness on "Little Boy with the Sad Eyes," several strong contributions from Dave Schumacher on baritone saxophone, a couple of engaging solos from Wayne Coniglio on bass trombone, and consistently creative work from the trumpet section, including Mike Hackett, Mike Ponella, and "guest" Marvin Stamm. This is a pleasant album all the way around, and Whitfield does a good job of translating to a large ensemble tunes that are usually performed by small groups. In doing so, Whitfield helps to invigorate the tradition of the large jazz ensemble and in the process recognize one of the legends of the jazz tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402437927
  • Catalog Number: 437
  • Sales rank: 322,621

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Work Song (8:50)
  2. 2 Hummin' (7:37)
  3. 3 The Old Country (10:11)
  4. 4 Roses for Your Pillow (6:00)
  5. 5 Plum Street (6:14)
  6. 6 Little Boy with the Sad Eyes (9:52)
  7. 7 Jive Samba (8:02)
  8. 8 Naturally (6:35)
  9. 9 Teaneck (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East Primary Artist
Scott Whitfield Indexed Contributor, Trombone, Leader
Vincent Herring Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Howard Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Ascher Piano
Dave Jordan Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Pietro Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mike Ponella Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Lead
Bruce Staelens Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Schumacher Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Phil Palombi Bass
Pete McGuinness Trombone
Wayne Coniglio Bass Trombone
Karolina Strassmayer Alto Saxophone
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Michael Hackett Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Jordan Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Staelens Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Darryl Pellegrini Drums
Technical Credits
Nat Adderley Composer
Scott Whitfield Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Curtis Lewis Composer
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