On the Wild Side

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The son of a pianist and bassist and the brother of drummer Joe La Barbera and tenor saxophonist Pat La Barbera, John La Barbera was originally a trumpeter who became a skilled arranger/composer and an important educator. For this set, he utilizes a 16-piece orchestra that features such soloists as trumpeter Clay Jenkins who is in top form, tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard, altoist Kim Richmond, pianist Bill Cunliffe, both of his siblings, and on "Mayreh" guest altoist Bud Shank. The writing is conventional if advanced, but the material is superior and there are surprises along the way. Highlights include the ten-and-a-half-minute "Walk on the Wild Side Suite" which composer ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The son of a pianist and bassist and the brother of drummer Joe La Barbera and tenor saxophonist Pat La Barbera, John La Barbera was originally a trumpeter who became a skilled arranger/composer and an important educator. For this set, he utilizes a 16-piece orchestra that features such soloists as trumpeter Clay Jenkins who is in top form, tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard, altoist Kim Richmond, pianist Bill Cunliffe, both of his siblings, and on "Mayreh" guest altoist Bud Shank. The writing is conventional if advanced, but the material is superior and there are surprises along the way. Highlights include the ten-and-a-half-minute "Walk on the Wild Side Suite" which composer Elmer Bernstein praised, Horace Silver's "Mayreh," a particularly inventive reworking of "Eleanor Rigby," and a tribute to Art Blakey "Message from Art" composed by Joe La Barbera. This set is easily recommended to fans of modern big bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Jazz Compass
  • UPC: 829757439228
  • Catalog Number: 1007
  • Sales rank: 119,660

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John La Barbera Primary Artist, Conductor
Kim Richmond Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Bob Sheppard Tenor Saxophone
Pat La Barbera Tenor Saxophone
Clay Jenkins Trumpet
Scott Breadman Percussion
Bob Carr Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Bill Cunliffe Keyboards
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Joe La Barbera Drums
Andy Martin Trombone
Bruce Paulson Trombone
Tom Peterson Tenor Saxophone
Tom Ranier Keyboards
Bob Shepard Tenor Saxophone
Tom Warrington Bass
Bob O'Donnell Jr. Trumpet
Brian Scanlon Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Alex Iles Trombone
Kenneth Kugler Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Elmer Bernstein Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Joe La Barbera Composer
John La Barbera Arranger, Composer, Producer
Talley Sherwood Engineer
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