Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This was a very logical matchup that came out as well on record as it looked on paper. Valve trombonist/arranger Rob McConnell has long led one of the top mainstream jazz big bands, while Mel Tormé blossomed into one of the truly great jazz singers in the 1980s. McConnell's charts suited Tormé perfectly, and the result is this consistently enjoyable and swinging album. The singer is quite enthusiastic and in top form on "Just Friends," a touching "September Song," "Don't 'Cha Go 'Way Mad," "A House Is Not a Home," "The Song Is You," a whimsical "Cow Cow Boogie," a "Stars" medley, and an exciting six-song Duke Ellington medley. Highly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This was a very logical matchup that came out as well on record as it looked on paper. Valve trombonist/arranger Rob McConnell has long led one of the top mainstream jazz big bands, while Mel Tormé blossomed into one of the truly great jazz singers in the 1980s. McConnell's charts suited Tormé perfectly, and the result is this consistently enjoyable and swinging album. The singer is quite enthusiastic and in top form on "Just Friends," a touching "September Song," "Don't 'Cha Go 'Way Mad," "A House Is Not a Home," "The Song Is You," a whimsical "Cow Cow Boogie," a "Stars" medley, and an exciting six-song Duke Ellington medley. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431430629
  • Catalog Number: 4306
  • Sales rank: 160,351

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Friends - The Boss Brass (4:46)
  2. 2 September Song - The Boss Brass (4:55)
  3. 3 Don'cha Go 'way Mad - The Boss Brass (4:30)
  4. 4 A House Is Not a Home - The Boss Brass (3:37)
  5. 5 The Song Is You - The Boss Brass (3:45)
  6. 6 Cow Cow Boogie - The Boss Brass (4:00)
  7. 7 Handful of Stars/Stars Fell on Alabama - The Boss Brass (5:34)
  8. 8 Duke Ellington Medley: It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That SW) - The Boss Brass (12:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Primary Artist
Ed Bickert Guitar
Rob McConnell Trombone, Conductor, Valve Trombone, Track Performer, Indexed Contributor
Dave McMurdo Trombone
Mel Tormé Vocals, Track Performer
Moe Koffman Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Guido Basso Harmonica, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Flatlanders Piano, Electric Piano
Eugene Amaro Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Arnie Chycoski Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Leader
Ron Hughes Bass Trombone
Bob Leonard Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Brian Leonard Percussion
Bob Livingston Trombone
John MacLeod Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ian McDougall Trombone, Leader
George Stimpson French Horn
Jerry Toth Flute, Alto Clarinet
Erich Traugott Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Wallace Bass
Rick Wilkins Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Woods Trumpet, Violin, Flugelhorn
Robert Leonard Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Fuller Drums
Jimmy Dale Piano, Electric Piano
James MacDonald French Horn
Technical Credits
Rob McConnell Arranger, Liner Notes
Mel Tormé Liner Notes
Carl Jefferson Producer
Phil Sheridan Engineer, Remixing
Tom Burgess Art Direction
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