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Live at MCG
     

Live at MCG

by Bob Mintzer Big Band
 
Interestingly, Live at MCG is the very first live recording by Bob Mintzer's big band, a group that has been together for over a decade. Recorded at the Manchester Craftsman's Guild in Pittsburgh, this date is also the first pairing of vocalist Kurt Elling with the band, and it's a doozy of a gig. The players include bassist Rufus

Overview

Interestingly, Live at MCG is the very first live recording by Bob Mintzer's big band, a group that has been together for over a decade. Recorded at the Manchester Craftsman's Guild in Pittsburgh, this date is also the first pairing of vocalist Kurt Elling with the band, and it's a doozy of a gig. The players include bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Phil Markowitz, and trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, just to name a few of its 16 members. Mintzer's charts are high on drama, rich in rhythmic interplay, and very, very tight. There is nothing extraneous, because the excitement is what he draws out of the music itself. While everything here is exciting, deftly executed, and wonderfully lyrical, the three vocal tunes are clearly the set's highlights, including "My Foolish Heart," a tune that has become one of Elling's signature vehicles, and the Elling-Mintzer collaboration "All Is Quiet," on which Mintzer scales the band back to a quartet. But it is on a brand new chart for Herbie Hancock's "Eye of the Hurricane" that everything here takes off. Mintzer's own solo is one of his most inspired, and Markowitz's modulations are startling. But Elling moves his own truly original practice of vocalese into the stratosphere somewhere, making this the album's most inspired performance. Any way you cut it, this is a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Mcg Jazz
UPC:
0612262101625
catalogNumber:
1016

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Performance Credits

Bob Mintzer Big Band   Primary Artist
Michael Davis   Trombone,Soloist
Bob Malach   Tenor Saxophone
Phil Markowitz   Piano,Soloist
Bob Mintzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Rufus Reid   Bass
Michael Philip Mossman   Trumpet,Soloist
Pete Yellin   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
David Taylor   Trombone
Larry Farrell   Trombone,Soloist
Lawrence Feldman   Saxophone
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone,Soloist
John Riley   Drums,Soloist
Roger Rosenberg   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet,Soloist
Kurt Elling   Vocals,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Bobby Mallach   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
David Earl Taylor   Bass Trombone
Roger M. Rosenburg   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bob Mintzer   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Jay Ashby   Producer,Audio Production
Marty Ashby   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Kurt Elling   Composer
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Jeff O.Brien Myers   Cover Art

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