Rhapsody in Swing

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The phrase "German swing" may still cause a few hairs to stand up on the back of the neck, but this competent release is more the product of African-British conductor Wayne Marshall than of the massed forces of the venerable Dresden Philharmonic (strings only) and the Southwest German Radio Big Band ("one of the best big bands in the world," the booklet proclaims in German; the English offers the slightly more defensive "without doubt one of the best big bands in the world"). Marshall, who has been active as a conductor, pianist, and organist, has delivered several unorthodox but intriguing readings of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." He favors a quick, unsentimental ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The phrase "German swing" may still cause a few hairs to stand up on the back of the neck, but this competent release is more the product of African-British conductor Wayne Marshall than of the massed forces of the venerable Dresden Philharmonic (strings only) and the Southwest German Radio Big Band ("one of the best big bands in the world," the booklet proclaims in German; the English offers the slightly more defensive "without doubt one of the best big bands in the world"). Marshall, who has been active as a conductor, pianist, and organist, has delivered several unorthodox but intriguing readings of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." He favors a quick, unsentimental approach that makes much of the small details in the work's transitions, and he finds an unexpected variety of them. The other two works on the album are much less familiar and are designed to take advantge specifically of the combined forces of orchestra and jazz band. The unknown "Nestico" appearing on the cover next to Gershwin and Ellington is Sammy Nestico, who worked with Count Basie and later published large numbers of arrangements for school groups in a variety of configurations. "A Swingphonic Collection" is a septet of popular song arrangements, and they're delightful: the balance among tune, band, and orchestra is expertly handled, with each contributing its distinctive self without weighing the music down. Perhaps the weak point is Ellington's "Harlem," a suite from the year 1950 presented here in its usually performed version by Maurice Peress. The work's history is an involved one, and it was apparently included because of the album's crossover theme; the work was commissioned by, of all people, the octogenarian Arturo Toscanini, and premiered by the NBC Symphony. But it has been recorded a number of times before, and there are other extended works by Ellington that might have served as well or better. A major plus is Southwest German Radio's live sound, which hits just the right brassy, brash note. Worthwhile for aficionados of symphonic jazz and its influence in Europe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Hanssler Classics
  • EAN: 4010276025047
  • Catalog Number: 93282
  • Sales rank: 158,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Swingphonic Collection (21:56)
  2. 2 Rhapsody in Blue (19:10)
  3. 3 Harlem (15:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The SWR Big Band Primary Artist, Band
Marc Godfroid Trombone
Karl Farrent Trumpet
Klaus Wagenleiter Piano
Wayne Marshall Piano, Conductor
Strings of the Dresden Philharmonic Performing Ensemble
Pierre Paquette Clarinet
Axel Kühn Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Original Material
Dizzy Gillespie Original Material
Ray Noble Original Material
Maurice Peress Arranger
Vernon Duke Original Material
Duke Ellington Composer, Original Material
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Original Material
Sammy Nestico Composer
Frank Paparelli Original Material
Mitchell Parish Original Material
Billy Strayhorn Original Material
Ferde Grofé Arranger
Karl Farrent Contracting
Miguel Carazo Liner Note Translation
Thomas Angelkorte Mastering
Ernst Oder Liner Notes
Axel Sommerfeld Engineering
Lewis Hamilton Original Material
Rudolf Reindl Contracting
Hans-Peter Zachary Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Boris Kellenbenz Mastering
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