Jazz for Couch Potatoes

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
With a series of urban-minded cover projects, Shanachie Records has found interesting ways for one of its star performers, saxman Kim Waters, to stay busy between solo albums, and now keeps guitarist Chuck Loeb occupied beautifully with this jazzy celebration of classic television themes. Though the album title and cover concept are on the cutesy side and the arrangements are playful, many of these ditties are ripe for a mix of funk and improvisation because they have jazzy qualities to begin with. Quincy Jones' "Sanford & Son" was a soul-blues gem then and comes to life here with the swinging horn section of Waters and Randy Brecker, helped along by Loeb's ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
With a series of urban-minded cover projects, Shanachie Records has found interesting ways for one of its star performers, saxman Kim Waters, to stay busy between solo albums, and now keeps guitarist Chuck Loeb occupied beautifully with this jazzy celebration of classic television themes. Though the album title and cover concept are on the cutesy side and the arrangements are playful, many of these ditties are ripe for a mix of funk and improvisation because they have jazzy qualities to begin with. Quincy Jones' "Sanford & Son" was a soul-blues gem then and comes to life here with the swinging horn section of Waters and Randy Brecker, helped along by Loeb's crackling electric guitar. Loeb also shines on the originally jazzy theme to The Cosby Show, which chugs along like a lighthearted bebop tune. Others like "Peter Gunn" Henry Mancini, "Taxi" Bob James, and "M*A*S*H" Johnny Mandel were written by jazz-oriented composers who would appreciate these witty arrangements. Having Dave Samuels' vibes carry the early melody on "M*A*S*H" sets this tune apart from the sax and guitar-oriented pack. Samuels also provides the Latin spark over the urban moods for the one newer theme, "Sex and the City," another tune that had "jazz" written all over it. Although this disc will no doubt be marketed as a novelty, it's also notable for its gathering of East Coast musical greats and some very solid lesser-knowns like saxman Eric Alexander and keyboardist Mike Ricchiuti. Pass the remote!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351511225
  • Catalog Number: 5112

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sex and the City - Couch Potato All-Stars (4:23)
  2. 2 Bewitched/I Dream of Genie - Couch Potato All-Stars (5:16)
  3. 3 Sanford and Son - Couch Potato All-Stars (3:39)
  4. 4 The Mary Tyler Moore - Couch Potato All-Stars (3:55)
  5. 5 The Cosby Show - Couch Potato All-Stars (6:40)
  6. 6 Peter Gunn - Couch Potato All-Stars (4:25)
  7. 7 Taxi - Couch Potato All-Stars (5:31)
  8. 8 Gilligan's Island - Couch Potato All-Stars (4:24)
  9. 9 Gunsmoke - Couch Potato All-Stars (6:34)
  10. 10 The Andy Griffith Show - Couch Potato All-Stars (4:58)
  11. 11 M*a*s*h* "Suicide Is Painless" - Couch Potato All-Stars (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Mann Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Waters Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
David Charles Percussion
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Finck Bass
Ronald Jenkins Bass, Electric Bass
Chuck Loeb Guitar
David Samuels Vibes
Mike Ricchiuti Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Brian Dunne Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Cosby Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Chuck Loeb Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Digital Editing
Dennis Wall Engineer
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
George Wyle Composer
Earle H. Hagen Composer
Sherwood Schwartz Composer
Mike Ricchiuti Arranger, Producer
B. James Composer
Paul Wycliffe Mastering
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