Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

by Tommy Newsom
     
 

Tommy Newsom spent such a long time in the Tonight Show Orchestra that jazz fans overlook his contributions. Finally recording regularly as a leader at the dawn of the 21st century, this solidly swinging tenor saxophonist has plenty to say on this studio session, which covers the music of several decades. Joined by veteran valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen and a rhythm… See more details below

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Tommy Newsom spent such a long time in the Tonight Show Orchestra that jazz fans overlook his contributions. Finally recording regularly as a leader at the dawn of the 21st century, this solidly swinging tenor saxophonist has plenty to say on this studio session, which covers the music of several decades. Joined by veteran valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen and a rhythm section including pianist John F. Hammond, guitarist Bob Bain, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Dave Hunt, Newsom's imaginative arrangements bring out the best in each track. The songs lean heavily toward the swing era, including an easygoing "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me," a lush "Star Dust," and a pulsating "Cotton Tail." But Newsom adds a cool-toned "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" featuring a beautifully interwoven counter melody by Enevoldsen, a snappy take of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," and a waltzing treatment of a song made famous on Sesame Street, "The Rainbow Connection," the latter which omits the horns. The musicianship of all parties is superb throughout this delightful session.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941125122
catalogNumber:
19251
Rank:
181087

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Newsom   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Enevoldsen   Trombone
Bob Bain   Guitar
Jim Hughart   Bass
Dave Hunt   Drums

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Claude Hopkins   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Producer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Alexander Hill   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Bobby Williams   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Alex Hill   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Jim Britt   Cover Photo
Mark Gordon Creamer   Engineer,Mastering
Floyd Levin   Liner Notes
Tommy Newson   Producer
Mark Gordon Creamer   Engineer
John F. Hammond   Producer

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