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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD documents one of the first concerts by Gene Harris' star-studded big band, an orchestra heard at the beginning of an 80-day world tour. Unlike his earlier big band Basie tribute album, Harris is not the only musician to get significant solo space on this set although, due to the overflowing lineup, not enough is heard from everyone. The straightforward arrangements by John Clayton, Frank Wess, Torrie Zito, Bob Pronk and Lex Jasper balance swingers with ballads. Among the more memorable tracks are Harry "Sweets" Edison's feature both muted and open on "Sleepy Time Down South," a pair of fine vocals apiece by Ernie Andrews and Ernestine Anderson, the roaring "Old Man ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD documents one of the first concerts by Gene Harris' star-studded big band, an orchestra heard at the beginning of an 80-day world tour. Unlike his earlier big band Basie tribute album, Harris is not the only musician to get significant solo space on this set although, due to the overflowing lineup, not enough is heard from everyone. The straightforward arrangements by John Clayton, Frank Wess, Torrie Zito, Bob Pronk and Lex Jasper balance swingers with ballads. Among the more memorable tracks are Harry "Sweets" Edison's feature both muted and open on "Sleepy Time Down South," a pair of fine vocals apiece by Ernie Andrews and Ernestine Anderson, the roaring "Old Man River" and Harris' interpretation of Erroll Garner's ballad "Creme de Menthe." Toss in short solos from the likes of Ralph Moore, James Morrison on trombone, Frank Wess, Michael Mossman and baritonist Gary Smulyan and the result is a satisfying, swinging and fairly fresh big band date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/1989
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431439721
  • Catalog Number: 4397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top - The Philip Morris Superband (4:28)
  2. 2 Crème de Menthe - The Philip Morris Superband (4:34)
  3. 3 When It's Sleepy Time Down South - The Philip Morris Superband (4:08)
  4. 4 Love Is Here to Stay - The Philip Morris Superband (5:20)
  5. 5 I'm Just a Lucky So and So - The Philip Morris Superband (6:25)
  6. 6 Serious Grease - The Philip Morris Superband (6:30)
  7. 7 Like a Lover - The Philip Morris Superband (3:57)
  8. 8 Ol' Man River - The Philip Morris Superband (4:50)
  9. 9 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? - The Philip Morris Superband (5:43)
  10. 10 Porgy and Bess Medley: Strawberry Woman/I Loves You Porgy/It Ain't Ne - The Philip Morris Superband (6:06)
  11. 11 You're My Everything - The Philip Morris Superband (3:10)
  12. 12 There Is No Greater Love - The Philip Morris Superband (3:32)
  13. 13 Things Ain't What They Used to Be - The Philip Morris Superband (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Harris Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Ernestine Anderson Vocals
Eddie Bert Trombone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Jeff Hamilton Drums
James Moody Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Moore Tenor Saxophone
James Morrison Trombone
Ernie Andrews Vocals
Michael Philip Mossman Trumpet
Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Joe Mosello Trumpet
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dori Caymmi Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
John Clayton Arranger
Duke Ellington Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer, Remixing
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Kooster McAllister Engineer, Contributor
Rob Pronk Arranger
Frank Wess Arranger
Torrie Zito Arranger
Andrew Whist Liner Notes
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Chuck Cavanaugh Contributor
Lex Jasper Arranger
Ted Persons Composer
Carl E. Jefferson Producer
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