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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153059620
  • Catalog Number: 596
  • Sales rank: 226,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Mood - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (3:21)
  2. 2 In a Mellow Tone - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (4:50)
  3. 3 Basically Blues - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (5:16)
  4. 4 The Heat's On - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 Down for Double - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (2:46)
  6. 6 One O' Clock Jump - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (4:22)
  7. 7 Wind Machine - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 West Side Story - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (11:11)
  9. 9 Cottontail - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (3:55)
  10. 10 Sing Sing Sing - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (8:25)
  11. 11 Out of Nowhere - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (3:30)
  12. 12 The Blues - John Burnett Swing Orchestra (7:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Burnett & His Orchestra Primary Artist
John Burnett Indexed Contributor
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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