In a Mellow Tone

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431220725
  • Catalog Number: 2207
  • Sales rank: 106,801

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In a Mellow Tone - Bucky Pizzarelli (7:32)
  2. 2 Do Nothing 'Till You Hear from Me - Bucky Pizzarelli (7:04)
  3. 3 Tangerine - Bucky Pizzarelli (4:59)
  4. 4 Snow Fall - Bucky Pizzarelli (5:23)
  5. 5 Cherokee - Bucky Pizzarelli (5:11)
  6. 6 In the Dark - Bucky Pizzarelli (3:03)
  7. 7 The Very Thought of You - Bucky Pizzarelli (4:09)
  8. 8 Three Little Words - Bucky Pizzarelli (3:53)
  9. 9 What's New? - Bucky Pizzarelli (6:07)
  10. 10 Moon Glow - Bucky Pizzarelli (4:58)
  11. 11 Jitterbug Waltz - Bucky Pizzarelli (6:15)
  12. 12 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles - Bucky Pizzarelli (1:22)
  13. 13 Blues for Emmett - Bucky Pizzarelli (5:23)
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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 Jr. 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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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Perfect together-Alden and Pizzarelli! Add to your collection.

    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!

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