Meets Manhattan Swing in a Basie Mood

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Drummer Donnie O'Brien could have played it safe. He could've easily picked lesser-known Basie standards and done the whole project by the numbers. Instead, he gathered tenor Carmen Leggio, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Jay Leonhart, and attempted to capture the spirit of the innovative bandleader on a handful of his most familiar pieces. Meets Manhattan Swing in a Basie Mood may be a rather cumbersome title, but the music is never awkward. The set fearlessly begins with "One O'Clock Jump" before delivering a handful of fresh interpretations of classic material like "Lester Leaps In" and "Body and Soul." Leggio offers a solid link to ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Drummer Donnie O'Brien could have played it safe. He could've easily picked lesser-known Basie standards and done the whole project by the numbers. Instead, he gathered tenor Carmen Leggio, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Jay Leonhart, and attempted to capture the spirit of the innovative bandleader on a handful of his most familiar pieces. Meets Manhattan Swing in a Basie Mood may be a rather cumbersome title, but the music is never awkward. The set fearlessly begins with "One O'Clock Jump" before delivering a handful of fresh interpretations of classic material like "Lester Leaps In" and "Body and Soul." Leggio offers a solid link to traditional saxophonists like Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet. Both Bunch and Pizzarelli have also made fine albums for Arbors, and they turn in exceptional work here. Bunch hints at Basie's spare style without imitating it, while Pizzarelli delivers a potent combination of chords and single note leads. There's also a guest appearance by his son, John Pizzarelli, on "Lester Leaps In." Keeping everyone swinging along are Leonhart, and of course, leader O'Brien. The choice of material, spacious arrangements, and inspired takes shows that all of these players would've fit right into Basie's lineup between 1936-45. A fun album lovingly performed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2004
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941128628
  • Catalog Number: 19286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One O'Clock Jump (5:53)
  2. 2 Blue and Sentimental (4:36)
  3. 3 I Never Knew (5:49)
  4. 4 Robbins Nest (8:10)
  5. 5 Lester Leaps In (6:01)
  6. 6 Body and Soul (7:27)
  7. 7 Moten Swing (6:50)
  8. 8 Jive at Five (5:11)
  9. 9 Bye Bye Blues (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donnie O'Brien Primary Artist, Drums, Leader
John Bunch Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Carmen Leggio Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Jay Leonhart Bass
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Illinois Jacquet Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Lester Young Composer
Sir Charles Thompson Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Buster Moten Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Bert Lown Composer
Ted Fio Rito Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Mack David Composer
Benny Moten Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Donnie O'Brien Producer
Frederick Hamm Composer
Dave Bennett Composer
Donnie O'Brien Producer
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