Legends & Lions: Blues

Legends & Lions: Blues

     
 

Legends & Lions: Blues is a series assembled by Detroit's Mack Avenue label that pairs its roster's veteran artists with its up-and-coming personas thematically. The first two volumes in the series -- Swingin' and Swoonin' -- were successful in their way. The Blues volume is another attempt at the formula and it meetsSee more details below

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Legends & Lions: Blues is a series assembled by Detroit's Mack Avenue label that pairs its roster's veteran artists with its up-and-coming personas thematically. The first two volumes in the series -- Swingin' and Swoonin' -- were successful in their way. The Blues volume is another attempt at the formula and it meets with very mixed results. First off, one wonders how the label defines the word blues. The version of John Coltrane's "Equinox" here, by the brilliant Gerald Wilson Orchestra, brings out the blues in its soloist's parts, but the band underscores the changes and stretches them until the blues all but disappears. Far more successful is their second number "Blues for Manhattan (The Diminished Triangle)" where the blues are out, front and center, and it's a killer track to close with Too bad everything here isn't that good. Ilona Knopfler's reading of "Unchain My Heart," is, for this performer, typically daring and uses a polyrythmic approach to the blues. The cut feels more like Santana playing the blues with a female vocalist, until the strings kick in. It works beautifully. Terry Gibbs' version of "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" is strident but stiff, as is the version of "St. Louis Blues" that's so laid-back it's almost unrecognizable. It should be mentioned that some of the sidemen on these sessions are very prominent names in jazz -- Eddie Gómez, Ralph Moore, Jon Faddis, Renee Rosnes, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Heath, and Oscar Brown, Jr. (whose "But I Was Cool," is one of the real high points here) just to name a few. Interesting but forgettable, Legends & Lions: Blues doesn't quite measure up to Mack Avenue's previous compilations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203103221
catalogNumber:
1032

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Terry Gibbs   Vibes,Soloist
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Pat Kelley   Guitar
Ralph Moore   Saxophone
Sam Most   Flute
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet
Renee Rosnes   Piano,Soloist
Cedar Walton   Piano
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet
Luis Bonilla   Trombone,Soloist
Russell Malone   Guitar
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Davis   Acoustic Bass
Oscar Brown   Vocals
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
Eric Alexander   Saxophone
Ray Armando   Conga
Jay Brandford   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Alexis Carreon   Viola
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Steve Cobb   Drums
Joey DeFrancesco   Organ
Tony Dumas   Bass
Teddy Edwards   Saxophone
Gerry Gibbs   Drums
Stix Hooper   Drums
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Mulgrew Miller   Piano
Don Palmer   Violin
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
Ralph Penland   Drums
Douglas Purviance   Trombone,Soloist
Benny Powell   Trombone,Soloist
Harry Scorzo   Violin
Kurt Snyder   French Horn
Francine Walsh   Violin
Peter Washington   Upright Bass
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Bill Armstrong   Trumpet
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Eugene Maslov   Piano
James V. Ross   Viola
Orrin Evans   Keyboards
Norm Hughes   Violin
Calvin "Koko" Brunson   Keyboards
Dan Faehnle   Guitar
Alan Mautner   Cello
Tom Rainer   Piano,Soloist
Willie Jones   Drums
Sean Jones   Trumpet,Soloist
E.J. Strickland   Drums
Ted Falcon   Violin
Ilona Knopfler   Vocals
Jean Sudbury   Violin
Kamasi Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Skeeto Valdez   Drums
Jerry Dodgion   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jessie Bartlett Davis   Alto Saxophone
Dennis Wilson Quintet   Trombone,Soloist
James Moody Sextet   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Terry Gibbs   Producer
Jerome Richardson   Composer
Gerald Wilson   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Lester Young   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Stefan Kukurugya   Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Producer
Stix Hooper   Producer
Pryor   Producer
Franz Pusch   Engineer
Mark Guenther   Mastering
Teddy Powell   Composer
Sam Hofstedt   Engineer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Tom Rainer   Arranger
Sean Jones   Composer
Gretchen Carhartt   Producer
Bobby Sharp   Composer

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