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In a Mellow Tone
     

In a Mellow Tone

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by Howard Alden
 
Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli played together a number of times over the years during jazz parties and in concerts, though the two seven-string guitarists never made a full CD together until In a Mellow Tone (though Alden appeared on a few tracks of Pizzarelli's A Portrait). Both heirs to the legacy of guitarist George Van

Overview

Howard Alden and Bucky Pizzarelli played together a number of times over the years during jazz parties and in concerts, though the two seven-string guitarists never made a full CD together until In a Mellow Tone (though Alden appeared on a few tracks of Pizzarelli's A Portrait). Both heirs to the legacy of guitarist George Van Eps (who popularized the instrument), these two masters make magic on any session in which either of them takes place; combining the two meant that there was no reason for any additional players. With the extra string providing each man the ability to play a bassline for the other, they have a ball in the studio as they trade off playing gems like their cooking renditions of "In a Mellow Tone," "Cherokee," and "Three Little Words." Their slightly brisker treatment of Claude Thornhill's theme song "Snow Fall" works beautifully, while their intimate approach to "What's New" is among the best versions available on record or CD. They also capture the playful spirit of "Jitterbug Waltz" with a brilliant arrangement. Alden tackles both the haunting "In the Dark" and a brief take of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" as solos. The sale of this highly recommended CD benefits the Sante Fe Jazz Foundation, which assisted Alden when illness limited his ability to tour for an extended period.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431220725
catalogNumber:
2207

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Alden   Primary Artist,Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Howard Alden   Composer,Producer
Bucky Pizzarelli   Composer
Claude Thornhill   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Will Hudson   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Richard Maltby   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Robert Haggart   Composer
James Brockman   Composer
John Clifford   Cover Photo
Nat Vincent   Composer
Jean Kenbrovin   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
James Kendis   Composer
John Kellette   Composer
Bob Weil   Producer

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In a Mellow Tone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
capebreton More than 1 year ago
This remarkable CD is a winner. Recently heard this duo perform live and on-stage at PNC Center (formerly Garden State Arts Center). Super listening for anyone, anytime. Like a good wine, couldn't be better for special occasions or a picnic in the country. Whether a collector of fine musicianship or just a music aficionado, get it!