In Full Swing

In Full Swing

by Tony Corbiscello
     
 
Chosen as the orchestra to open at all the stops on Frank Sinatra's final tour, Tony Corbiscello's 16-piece big band pulls out the stops on a play list of 14 tunes. There are also three originals by Marion Evans who also did the arrangements that are not only tasteful but diverse; for example, they don't all sound the same. Stocked with

Overview

Chosen as the orchestra to open at all the stops on Frank Sinatra's final tour, Tony Corbiscello's 16-piece big band pulls out the stops on a play list of 14 tunes. There are also three originals by Marion Evans who also did the arrangements that are not only tasteful but diverse; for example, they don't all sound the same. Stocked with players from the New York area and driven by leader Corbiscello's drums, this album is replete with well-drilled ensemble playing as well as refreshing and timely solos. The session is further enhanced by the presence of A-one guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli on "Lover," "Dream," "Around Town," and, especially, "But Not for Me" played jam session style. The latter track is one of the highlights of the session opening with Corbiscello's brushes playing behind the subtle piano of veteran Ben Aronov fading to the ensemble with Corbiscello's drums still hanging on. Pizzarelli comes in to take a couple of choruses followed by an unidentified trombone player. That's a major failing with this CD, the failure to identify those responsible for the excellent solo work. The band can play sweet without sounding maudlin as shown on "Dream," which opens with a trumpet with a mixture of Harry James and Charlie Spivak licks. "When the Sun Comes Out" borrows from Stan Kenton, including the trombone figures Kenton occasionally used to end his tunes. While Evans' arrangements are pleasant and varied, if not imaginative, his original material sounds somewhat dated, lacking vibrancy. The best of the bunch is "Bikini Bossa" featuring Aronov's piano. The barnburner on this set is, not surprisingly, the Richard Rodgers/Larry Hart classic "Lover" replete with the Maynard Ferguson-like screaming trumpet and Pizzarelli hot jazz guitar within a Les Brown-type arrangement. Ordinarily just providing a bit more than 40 minutes of music is a cause for complaint. In this case, more might have been overkill from this high-powered aggregation. In Full Swing is recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Alanna Records
UPC:
0742545558126
catalogNumber:
5581
Rank:
331798

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Corbiscello   Primary Artist,Drums
Bucky Pizzarelli   Solo Instrumental,Guitar
Dave Stahl   Trumpet
Benny Aronov   Solo Instrumental,Piano
Jerry Bruno   Bass,Double Bass
Danny Cahn   Solo Instrumental,Trumpet
John Eckert   Solo Instrumental,Trumpet
Bruce Eidem   Solo Instrumental,Trombone
Alan Gauvin   Solo Instrumental,Alto Saxophone
Matt Ingman   Bass Trombone
Doug Lawrence   Solo Instrumental,Tenor Saxophone
Patrick Rickman   Solo Instrumental,Trumpet
David Bixler   Alto Saxophone
Harvey Tibbs   Trombone
Jim Perry   Trombone
Steve Bleifuss   Trombone
John Zemba   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Composer
Jerry Bruno   Producer,Audio Production
Con Conrad   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Bill Lawrence   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Clarence Butler   Illustrations
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Jim Manly   Graphic Design
Brian Croker   Audio Production

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