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Even Canadians Get the Blues
     

Even Canadians Get the Blues

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by Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass
 
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass tackle a mostly blues-oriented program for these 1996 sessions, with five originals by the leader, in addition to tunes by others. "Even Canadians Get the Blues" is a lively shout-type tune in the mold of Woody Herman's big band showcasing trumpeter Steve McDade and tenor

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Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass tackle a mostly blues-oriented program for these 1996 sessions, with five originals by the leader, in addition to tunes by others. "Even Canadians Get the Blues" is a lively shout-type tune in the mold of Woody Herman's big band showcasing trumpeter Steve McDade and tenor saxophonist Alex Dean. While "The Clarinet Is Black and Blue" isn't technically a blues, it has a bluesy air, with Moe Koffman's melancholy clarinet backed by the lush ensembles, which often include a choir of four additional clarinets. Boss Brass alum Ian McDougall contributed the breezy blues "Do You Mean It?," which puts the spotlight on pianist Dave Restivo, flügelhornist John McLeod, and alto saxophonist John Johnson. The upbeat "The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue" adds guest Doug Riley on organ, while the date closes with a brief, lush rendition of the Canadian National Anthem, "O Canada." McConnell's liner notes are often amusing, as is his cover photo pose as a drunken Canadian Mountie passed out draped over a piano.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/1996
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431472223
catalogNumber:
4722

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Performance Credits

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass   Primary Artist
Ed Bickert   Guitar
Rob McConnell   Trombone,Valve Trombone
Moe Koffman   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Guido Basso   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alex Dean   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Arnie Chycoski   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Johnson   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bob Leonard   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Livingston   Trombone
Steve McDade   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John B. McLeod   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ted Warren   Drums
Rick Wilkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Alastair Kay   Trombone
Ernie Pattison   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Gary Pattison   French Horn
Dave Restivo   Piano
Kevin Turcotte   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jim Vivian   Bass
Rob McDonnell   Track Performer
James MacDonald   French Horn

Technical Credits

Rob McConnell   Arranger,Producer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Phil Edwards   Producer,Engineer
Ian McDougall   Arranger
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Don Vickery   Contributor
Kent Judkins   Art Direction

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Even Canadians Get the Blues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the bluesiest album Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass ever recorded. From Blue Tag to The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue it's a winner. My favorites are The Clarinet is Black and Blue and The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue, which is about a twelve minute-long hammond organ feature. I have never, ever got tired of hearing this tune! It also features solos by Rob, I think Guido and a tenor player. The tenor player almost jumps up on the bar for his solo. This album is worth the money just for this tune- but the others are winners, too. Accept no substitutes! Look for the drunk Mounty (Rob McConnell) on the cover, eh?