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Got Swing!

Got Swing!

by Erich Kunzel
     
 
If there is one thing that Erich Kunzel has achieved in his many years with the Cincinnati Pops, it is the by no means easy feat of getting a symphony orchestra to swing. About 14 years after a previous, star-studded salute to swing, Big Band Hit Parade, Kunzel came back with another, perhaps less star-studded yet no less

Overview

If there is one thing that Erich Kunzel has achieved in his many years with the Cincinnati Pops, it is the by no means easy feat of getting a symphony orchestra to swing. About 14 years after a previous, star-studded salute to swing, Big Band Hit Parade, Kunzel came back with another, perhaps less star-studded yet no less swinging paean to a still-beloved era. The two star soloists this time happen to be Telarc signees John Pizzarelli and Janis Siegel, who brought along the entire Manhattan Transfer with her. How does Kunzel do it? For one thing, the orchestra is sprinkled with authentic jazzers like alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, trombonist Jim Pugh, and clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Rick Van Matre -- and several of them are given room by Kunzel to take solos as they would on a jazz big band record. Other keys -- probably the keys -- are the hot rhythm sections, be it the Manhattan Transfer's own or the uncredited Pops combo, both of which manage to lift the elephantine symphony orchestra off the ground without the strings getting in the way. For their part, the Transfer reprise four tunes from their then most recent albums Swing and The Spirit of St. Louis; "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" sounds a bit offhand and breathless, but the others ("Sugar," "Skyliner" "Clouds") are up to their tightly-focused standards. Pizzarelli is his affable, loose, retro-vocal self on two songs, "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Avalon" -- and he gets plenty of space to stretch out and burn on guitar. With the single exception of Siegel's only solo piece, "I'll Be Seeing You," the album scrupulously avoids sentiment and zeroes in on what its title promises -- plenty of swing, and sometimes at surprisingly great length ("Blues in the Night" clocks in at just under ten minutes). Whether CD or SACD, the sound on Got Swing! is sumptuous.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408059223
catalogNumber:
80592
Rank:
209575

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erich Kunzel   Primary Artist,Conductor
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Manhattan Transfer   Vocal Ensemble
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals,Soloist
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Rhythm Section
Vince DiMartino   Trumpet
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano,Celeste,Keyboards
Paul Patterson   Violin
John Pizzarelli   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Pugh   Trombone,Soloist
Michael Sharfe   Bass
Julie Spangler   Piano
Rich Jensen   Vibes,Soloist
Marc Wolfley   Drums
Rick Van Matre   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Scott Belck   Trumpet,Soloist
Richie Goods   Bass
Steve Hass   Percussion,Drums
Richard Jensen   Vibes

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Manhattan Transfer   Contributor
Janis Siegel   Contributor
Jeff Tyzik   Arranger
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Erich Kunzel   Contributor
Michael Hoppé   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Arranger
Corey Allen   Arranger
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Yaron Gershovsky   Director,Musical Director
Dick Lieb   Arranger
John Pizzarelli   Contributor
Joseph Price   Arranger
Robert Woods   Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Rich Jensen   Contributor
Richard E. Rodda   Liner Notes,Essay
Sydney Robin   Composer
Dale Bennett   Composer
Thoms Macko   Paintings
Steven R. Reineke   Arranger
Thomas Macko   Cover Painting

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