Legends & Lions: Blues

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203103221
  • Catalog Number: 1032
  • Sales rank: 326,489

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues (6:10)
  2. 2 Blues for Matt B (5:40)
  3. 3 Equinox (6:49)
  4. 4 Willow Weep for Me - Ralph Penland (6:22)
  5. 5 But I Was Cool (3:02)
  6. 6 River's Invitation - Paul Kreibich (6:11)
  7. 7 Unchain My Heart (4:56)
  8. 8 Jumping with Symphony Sid (4:54)
  9. 9 Groove Merchant (5:41)
  10. 10 Blues for Manhattan (The Diminished Triangle) (8:48)
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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 Jr. 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 III 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 Jr. Composer
Stefan Kukurugya Producer
John Coltrane Composer
Jimmie Haskell Producer
Stix Hooper Producer
Al 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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