Just Havin' Some Fun

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For this fifth CD by veteran Chicago trumpeter Lewis, the prerequisite is that having a good time is why he plays jazz, not the opposite. If you've ever heard Lewis live, you know how infectious that lightheartedness can be. His bubbly, positive persona is indelibly stamped on this set. And as the ultimate pied piper, Lewis attracts like minded Chi-town talent. On this date you'll hear a core group featuring his longtime keyboardist Jim Ryan, melodic drummer Jeff Stitely, and the impressive saxophonist Pat Mallinger. Frequenting tracks are percussionist Alejo Poveda and guitarist Curtis Robinson, while cameos are made by trombonists Jim Beebe and John Allred, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For this fifth CD by veteran Chicago trumpeter Lewis, the prerequisite is that having a good time is why he plays jazz, not the opposite. If you've ever heard Lewis live, you know how infectious that lightheartedness can be. His bubbly, positive persona is indelibly stamped on this set. And as the ultimate pied piper, Lewis attracts like minded Chi-town talent. On this date you'll hear a core group featuring his longtime keyboardist Jim Ryan, melodic drummer Jeff Stitely, and the impressive saxophonist Pat Mallinger. Frequenting tracks are percussionist Alejo Poveda and guitarist Curtis Robinson, while cameos are made by trombonists Jim Beebe and John Allred, clarinetist Chuck Hedges, percussionist Ruben Alvarez, and on two selections, Singers Unlimited icon Bonnie Herman. Lewis utilizes a Satchmo informed salty rich tone, especially on flugelhorn, and it serves him well. He changes up on things stylistically from the popping salsa of "Tanga" to the samba based "Saudade" Walter Booker's and "The Monster & the Flower." His solid swing and tuneful leads are prevalent on his modern mainstream originals "Jasmine" and the title track, especially the latter tune, where everyone gets a short solo, and piano and guitar trade fours. They're having fun immediately! A pensive, pretty "Nalini" is dedicated to an Air India flight attendant, while Ryan's romantic piano lead to "Lady in the Moon" is a heart stopper. Lewis sings with Herman on "Just Friends," but Herman's solo flight on "Some Other Time" is living proof of her deft prowess. Lewis also gets his kicks dragging around the Chicago Symphony's clarinet section, backing Herman on "Friends." A laid-back "Nature Boy," Lewis again on flugelhorn, and a rousing take of Wingy Manone's "Strange Blues," with Hedges and Beebe caps the set. Lewis is soft in all the right places, and firm when he wants to get swinging. It's an innate flexibility to adapt to different forms of jazz, and his undeniable ability to get around his horn. But even moreso he can inspire others to do the same, and that holds him in high regard. There are many basic, enjoyable jazz tenets peppered throughout this CD that are plenty good enough for the rest of us to join in and laugh at this silly life, right along with him. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • Label: The Orchard
  • UPC: 669910636121
  • Catalog Number: 6361

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Havein' Some Fun (5:47)
  2. 2 Tanga (9:50)
  3. 3 Nalini (6:31)
  4. 4 Just Friends (3:59)
  5. 5 Saudade (7:26)
  6. 6 Jasmine (6:28)
  7. 7 Some Other Time (4:56)
  8. 8 Lady in the Moon (6:26)
  9. 9 The Monster and the Flower (8:02)
  10. 10 Nature Boy (3:52)
  11. 11 Strange Blues (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Lewis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Jim Beebe Trombone
Ruben Alvarez Percussion, Timbales
John Bany Acoustic Bass
Larry Combs Clarinet
Geraldo DeOliveira Percussion
Chuck Hedges Clarinet
Bonnie Herman Vocals, Track Performer
Alejo Poveda Percussion, Conga
Curtis Robinson Guitar
Jim Ryan Piano, Kawai
Jeff Stitely Drums, Tabla, Udu
Paul Wertico Drums
John Bruce Yeh Clarinet
Lawrie Bloom Bass Clarinet
Burl Lane Clarinet
John Allred Trombone
Jim Ryan Piano, Keyboards
Robert Kassinger Acoustic Bass
Thomas Kini Electric Bass
Pat Mallinger Alto Saxophone
Dick Boyell Conductor
Technical Credits
Joanie Pallatto Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Al Brandtner Graphic Design
Bobby Lewis Contributor, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Creative Producer
Dick Boyell Arranger
Silveira Composer
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