Miracle

Miracle

by Frank Mantooth
     
 
An excellent big-band album from Frank Mantooth that gets off to a stirring start with a Diane Schuur/Kevin Mahogany duet. There's more scatting than words on this cut, which Mahogany is clearly much more comfortable with than Schuur. Mantooth uses three sets of musicians in differing combinations, but they all work well together. To say that Mantooth is influenced by

Overview

An excellent big-band album from Frank Mantooth that gets off to a stirring start with a Diane Schuur/Kevin Mahogany duet. There's more scatting than words on this cut, which Mahogany is clearly much more comfortable with than Schuur. Mantooth uses three sets of musicians in differing combinations, but they all work well together. To say that Mantooth is influenced by Stan Kenton is an understatement -- Mantooth's timing, tempos, dynamics, disciplined ensemble work, and arrangements (which sometimes slip into a quasi-symphonic mode) vividly recall Kenton at his very best. Also, like Kenton, the band features outstanding solo work. Kirk Garrison's Maynard Ferguson-like trumpet takes the lead on "Guarujá" and Bobby Shew's horn follows suit on Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville." "Beyond the Sea" has forceful musical statements by Art Davis on trumpet, Pat LaBarbera on tenor, and Paul McKee on trombone. "Thou Swell," done with a taste of Latin beat, is the solo vehicle for veteran tenor player Pete Christlieb, where he shares the stage with Bobby Shew. "Limehouse Blues" opens with a long guitar solo by Danny Embrey before segueing into a rousing rendition of this longtime barn burner. Unlike his previous albums, Mantooth provides more space for vocalists. In addition to their duet on the first cut, Schuur solos on "One for Monterey," and Mahogany solos on "Three Little Words" and "I'll Never Stop Loving You." (On the latter, Mahogany strays off-key from time to time.) "Three Little Words" is not the 1930 pop hit by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby but Mahogany's own composition. This mixture produces a nice balance between more subdued vocal numbers and the rip-roaring arrangements featuring instrumental solos. Sea Breeze Records, one of the more active labels producing big-band albums, has a winner with Mantooth's A Miracle. The picture of the cherubic young boy on the album cover is a pleasant departure from the rather grotesque covers that have graced Mantooth's previous albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1999
Label:
Sea Breeze Records
UPC:
0017231209423
catalogNumber:
2094

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Performance Credits

Frank Mantooth   Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Diane Schuur   Vocals
Bobby Shew   Trumpet
Mike Smith   Alto Saxophone
Pat La Barbera   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Colby   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Parton   Trumpet
Scott Robinson   Baritone Saxophone
Danny Barber   Trumpet
Mark Bettcher   Trombone
Ray Brinker   Drums
Tony DeMarco   Violin
Jerry DiMuzio   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Eisen   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Embrey   Bass
Tom Garling   Trombone
Adrian Gola   Violin
Larry Harris   Trombone
David Jones   Clarinet
Jim Massoth   Alto Saxophone
Paul McKee   Trombone
Kim Park   Alto Saxophone
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Mike Young   Trombone
Kirk Garrison   Trumpet
Peter Brusen   Bassoon
Phil Gratteau   Drums
John McLean   Guitar
Howie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Larry Kohut   Bass
Joe Rendon   Percussion
David Reyes   Celli
David Steinmeyer   Trombone
Bill Simmons   Celli
Tom Matta   Trombone
Alan Ellsworth   Violin
Art Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Neil Samples   Violin
Marcia Labella   Harp

Technical Credits

Frank Mantooth   Arranger,Executive Producer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Fred Breitberg   Engineer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Paul McKee   Contributor
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Tom Matta   Arranger

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