Inferno!

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the two albums combined on this reissue were recorded five years apart 150 MPH, though not released until 1979, was cut in sessions on May 25 and July 29, 1974, while Dynamite was recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival in August 1979 and first issued in 1980, they have a lot in common. Both are big band dates, and some of the same personnel appear on both: trumpeter Bobby Shew; trombonists Nick DiMaio the co-producer of 150 MPH, Dana Hughes, and Bob Payne; saxophonists Dick Spencer and Don Menza who wrote six selections, four on 150 MPH and two on Dynamite; and percussionist/vibes player Jack Arnold. Beyond that, the musical approach is much the same on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the two albums combined on this reissue were recorded five years apart 150 MPH, though not released until 1979, was cut in sessions on May 25 and July 29, 1974, while Dynamite was recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival in August 1979 and first issued in 1980, they have a lot in common. Both are big band dates, and some of the same personnel appear on both: trumpeter Bobby Shew; trombonists Nick DiMaio the co-producer of 150 MPH, Dana Hughes, and Bob Payne; saxophonists Dick Spencer and Don Menza who wrote six selections, four on 150 MPH and two on Dynamite; and percussionist/vibes player Jack Arnold. Beyond that, the musical approach is much the same on both albums. Drummer/leader Louie Bellson filled both with originals, most of them written either by himself or Menza, although there is a cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Hello Young Lovers" from The King and I on 150 MPH and then-teenaged saxophonist Matt Catingub contributed the closing track, "Explosion," to Dynamite. Bellson and Menza's tunes are busy swing numbers with plenty of room for soloing by the horn players, particularly Shew and on 150 MPH tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. Of course, the leader gets his say, too, particularly on the barnburners that close each album, "Inferno" and "Explosion." The result is a collection that demonstrates the continuing possibilities of the big band format 30 years after its commercial heyday.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431215820
  • Catalog Number: 2158
  • Sales rank: 76,367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Louie Rides Again (8:38)
  2. 2 Spanish Gypsy (7:02)
  3. 3 Back Home (5:08)
  4. 4 Spacin' Home (5:33)
  5. 5 Time Check (8:19)
  6. 6 Hello, Young Lovers (5:09)
  7. 7 Love Dreams (3:20)
  8. 8 Inferno (10:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sambandrea Swing (7:02)
  2. 2 Deliverance (8:14)
  3. 3 Concord Blues for Blue (8:23)
  4. 4 Cinderella's Waltz (5:33)
  5. 5 Where Did You Go? (6:41)
  6. 6 Explosion (12:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louie Bellson Primary Artist, Drums
Conte Candoli Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Matt Catingub Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gordon Goodwin Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Don Menza Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Blue Mitchell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nat Pierce Piano
Bobby Shew Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ross Tompkins Piano
Frank Collett Piano
John Chiodini Guitar
Jack Arnold Percussion, Vibes
Stewart Blumberg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Byrne Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Gene Cherico Bass, Double Bass
Nick Dimaio Trombone
Nelson Hatt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dana Hughes Trombone
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Ron King Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charles Loper Trombone
Andrew MacKintosh Baritone Saxophone
Timothy May Guitar
Bob Payne Trombone
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Dick Spencer Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Frank Szabo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Thomas Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Walt Johnson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Covelli Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
John B. Williams Jr. Bass, Electric Bass
Gil Falco Trombone
Larry Covelli Alto Saxophone
Billy Byrne Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Producer, Audio Production
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Nick Dimaio Producer, Audio Production
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remixing, Remix Direction
George Horn Remastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Jim Miller Original Cover Photography
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Bruce Burr Original Cover Photography
Dick Hendler Art Direction
Kent Judkins Adaptation
Robert Walston Adaptation
Dennis Staats Remixing
Jill Simonsen Art Direction
Carl E. Jefferson Audio Production
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