Got Swing!

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408059223
  • Catalog Number: 80592
  • Sales rank: 167,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A String of Pearls - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:39)
  2. 2 Stompin' at the Savoy - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:48)
  3. 3 Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:38)
  4. 4 Straighten Up and Fly Right - John Pizzarelli (4:49)
  5. 5 Sugar (That Sugar Baby O'Mine) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:44)
  6. 6 Skyliner - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:18)
  7. 7 Blues in the Night, song (from the film "Blues in the Night") - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (9:50)
  8. 8 Avalon - John Pizzarelli (5:12)
  9. 9 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:55)
  10. 10 Nuages, for guitar - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (7:05)
  11. 11 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (6:42)
  12. 12 Flying Home - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:59)
  13. 13 I'll Be Seeing You, song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:46)
  14. 14 Sweet Georgia Brown, song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone, Soloist
The 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
The 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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