Down for Double

Down for Double

by John Burnett & His Orchestra
     
 

After World War II, there were some major changes in the jazz world. Bop became more plentiful than swing, and big bands became much harder to find. That isn't to say that big bands disappeared altogether; jazz's post-swing era gave us the bands of Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, …  See more details below

Overview

After World War II, there were some major changes in the jazz world. Bop became more plentiful than swing, and big bands became much harder to find. That isn't to say that big bands disappeared altogether; jazz's post-swing era gave us the bands of Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, and others. But it is safe to say that since the late '40s, big bands have been the exception rather than the rule. You have to know where to find them, and in Chicago, British expatriate John Burnett's big band has been celebrating the spirit of the Swing Era, which is what he does on Down for Double. This 60-minute CD comes from three different sources: a live appearance at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, IL (a Chicago suburb) in 2005, a live appearance at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL (another Chicago suburb) in 2010, and a studio session from 2000 (the latter features clarinetist Buddy DeFranco). And in all three settings, Burnett's orchestra fondly recalls the glory days of big bands. Down for Double has a few boppish moments, but the main ingredient is swing, and Burnett salutes the icons of the Swing Era with spirited performances of gems associated with Duke Ellington ("Cotton Tail," "In a Mellow Tone"), Glenn Miller ("In the Mood"), Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), and Count Basie ("One O'Clock Jump," "The Heat's On," "Wind Machine"). Few surprises occur, but then, Down for Double isn't meant to be an album of surprises. This release is a tribute to a bygone era -- a time in which jazz was very much a part of pop culture and wasn't regarded as music that was strictly for intellectuals. Indeed, "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Cotton Tail," and "In the Mood" were tunes that one heard at high school dances or at the corner bar during WWII; they were as mainstream in their day as Motown and the Beatles were in the '60s and Philadelphia International, disco, and Elton John were in the '70s. And if Down for Double is an exercise in nostalgia, it's certainly a likable one.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153059620
catalogNumber:
596
Rank:
172482

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Burnett & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Mark Colby   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Terry Connell   Trumpet,Soloist
Bob Frankich   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Gross   Trombone,Soloist
Bruce Mack   Baritone Saxophone
Mike McGrath   Trumpet,Soloist
Russ Phillips   Trombone,Soloist
Doug Scharf   Trumpet,Soloist
Scott Wagstaff   Trumpet,Soloist
Frank Caruso   Piano,Soloist
Dana Legg   Trombone
Frank Catalano   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bill Walsh   Bass Trombone
Mike Flack   Piano,Soloist
Mark Burnell   Piano,Soloist
Adam Gross   Trombone,Soloist
Paul Martin   Bass
Bill Byan   Drums,Soloist
Lennie Roberts   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Kublank   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Justin May   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Slide Hampton   Arranger,Composer
Phil Wilson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Sammy Nestico   Composer
Ken Kistner   Producer
John Larson   Engineer
Jeff Hest   Arranger
John Burnett   Liner Notes
Bernstein   Composer
Joseph Garland   Composer

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