Eric Felten Meets the Dek-tette

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This project by vocalist/trombonist Eric Felten with the Dek-tette salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. But these sessions are hardly re-creations, since new charts were written by Brent Wallarab or Scott Silbert specifically for this recording. A number of Dek-tette alumni were recruited including alto saxophonist Herb Geller, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, and bassist Chuck Berghofer, though tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins who was excited about participating unfortunately died shortly before the sessions took place. Felten's warm vocals are straightforward but always right on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This project by vocalist/trombonist Eric Felten with the Dek-tette salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. But these sessions are hardly re-creations, since new charts were written by Brent Wallarab or Scott Silbert specifically for this recording. A number of Dek-tette alumni were recruited including alto saxophonist Herb Geller, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, and bassist Chuck Berghofer, though tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins who was excited about participating unfortunately died shortly before the sessions took place. Felten's warm vocals are straightforward but always right on the money, while his pair of trombone solos are also very enjoyable. The leader merits praise for including two often omitted verses in the richly textured, swinging arrangement of "Pick Yourself Up." Felten indulges in a bit of playful scat singing in a brisk take of "I Could Write a Book," offers a snappy rendition of "Broadway," and delivers a heartfelt "I'll Be Around" with sincerity. Each of the charts reflects the spirit of Paich's work without copying his approach to scoring, while the soloists and the ensembles are never less than flawless. Every participant should be extremely proud of his contributions to this fine date by Eric Felten, including the leader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Vsop Records
  • UPC: 722937111320
  • Catalog Number: 113
  • Sales rank: 323,154

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Felten Primary Artist, Trombone, Vocals
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Bob Enevoldsen Valve Trombone
Richard Todd French Horn
Med Flory Tenor Saxophone
Les Benedict Tuba
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Double Bass
Bob Findley Trumpet
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Tom Peterson Baritone Saxophone
Gregg Field Drums
Brent Wallarab Conductor
Technical Credits
Ray Noble Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Billy Bird Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Ira Nepus Producer, Audio Production
Cole Porter Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Andy Waterman Engineer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Eric Felten Producer, Audio Production
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Brent Wallarab Arranger
Henri Woode Composer
Alan Wonneberger Mastering
Scott Silbert Arranger
Tom Wolff Cover Photo
Peter Jacobson Executive Producer
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