One Kettle for Count

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Trombonist Gary Tole leads a swinging big band, but its repertoire doesn't merely consist of the decades-old charts that offer nothing new. Although the music shows the influence of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman, the charts of the familiar songs from each of these band's books are updated for the 21st century, while never forgetting to swing. Drawing from a host of West Coast musicians, including fellow trombonist/arranger Scott Whitfield, pianist Bob Remstein, and multi-reed player Don Shelton, among others, Tole has assembled a band that brings life to each of these imaginative charts and incorporates lively solos. Highlights include a subtle, percolating ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Trombonist Gary Tole leads a swinging big band, but its repertoire doesn't merely consist of the decades-old charts that offer nothing new. Although the music shows the influence of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman, the charts of the familiar songs from each of these band's books are updated for the 21st century, while never forgetting to swing. Drawing from a host of West Coast musicians, including fellow trombonist/arranger Scott Whitfield, pianist Bob Remstein, and multi-reed player Don Shelton, among others, Tole has assembled a band that brings life to each of these imaginative charts and incorporates lively solos. Highlights include a subtle, percolating take of "C-Jam Blues," a cooking miniature of "Flyin' Home," and Whitfield's Basie-like original "One Kettle for Count." But there's more than just typical swing songs. Surprises include an arrangement of the Average White Band's normally annoying "Pick Up the Pieces" (a 1970s hit that started with an interesting riff, then failed to develop it into anything worth hearing) that begins as "Sing! Sing! Sing!" and incorporates a bit of Bob Haggart's "Big Noise from Winnetka" before finally revealing itself in the very last chorus. "American Bandstand Boogie" transforms the famous Saturday afternoon television theme back to the early '40s in swinging fashion. Finally, Kim Richmond reworks "Happy Together" (a huge hit for the pop group the Turtles in the late '60s) into a swinging feature for vocalist Cassie Miller, adding plenty of background riffs in the reed and brass sections. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402485928
  • Catalog Number: 485
  • Sales rank: 380,627

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Tole Primary Artist, Trombone, Leader, Group Member
Roger Neumann Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Scott Whitfield Trombone, Group Member
Bryant Byers Bass Trombone, Group Member
Jim Boltinghouse Trombone, Group Member
Bob O'Donnell Jr. Trumpet, Group Member
Gary Halopoff Trumpet, Group Member
Tom Marino Trumpet, Group Member
Charlie Richard Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Jennifer Leitham Bass, Group Member
Bob Remstein Piano, Group Member
Mike Costley Vocals, Group Member
Don Shelton Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Kim Richmond Arranger
Scott Whitfield Arranger, Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Charles Albertine Composer
Roger Ball Composer
Billy Byers Arranger
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Frank Foster Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Dick Lieb Arranger
Ron McMaster Mastering
Sammy Nestico Liner Notes, Author
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Eddie Sauter Arranger
Gary Tole Producer, Concept
Walt Stuart Arranger
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
Fred Meadows Composer
Richard Lieb Composer
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