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Scattin'
     

Scattin'

by Willi Johanns & the RTS Big Band
 
German jazz singer Willi Johanns evidently attracted the notice of a few critics during the early 1960s, though this compilation of recording sessions from between 1987 and 2002 represent only the second release under his name (since he had a fulltime career outside of music until retiring in 1999), nearly a half-century after his recording debut as a leader. Gifted

Overview

German jazz singer Willi Johanns evidently attracted the notice of a few critics during the early 1960s, though this compilation of recording sessions from between 1987 and 2002 represent only the second release under his name (since he had a fulltime career outside of music until retiring in 1999), nearly a half-century after his recording debut as a leader. Gifted with an expressive, conversational voice that has a slight nasal sound, Johanns is joined by the RTS Big Band on the first eight selections, with trumpeter Dusko Goykovich being a prominent soloist on both dates. "Scattin'" is a delightful original with the leader/composer soloing just like an instrumentalist in a breezy bop setting. He steps away from scat to sing a straight up rendition of the standard "Angel Eyes," by Ljubisa Paunic's robust tenor. The remaining five selections come from an earlier date with the small group Bebop City, easily highlighted by Johanns' brisk treatment of the blues "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water," which has a hilarious scat interlude that sounds influenced by Clark Terry, while he also inserts a few humorous into "Satin Doll." One caveat: though Willi Johanns is a strong scat singer with good melodic and rhythmic senses, a little scat can go a long way.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0725095287029
catalogNumber:
28702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willi Johanns & the RTS Big Band   Primary Artist
Alvin Queen   Drums
Duško Gojkovic   Trumpet
Vince Benedetti   Piano
Bora Rokovic   Piano
Andy Scherrer   Tenor Saxophone
Dejan Terzic   Drums
Nemanja Jovanovic   Trumpet
Zoran Raskovic   Saxophone
Zeljko Nestorov   Trombone
Vladimir Mandic   Trumpet
Vladimir Krnetic   Trumpet
Tihomir Jaksic   Saxophone
Misa Radonjic   Trombone
Ljubisa Paunic   Saxophone
Igor Ilic   Trombone
Goran Potic   Guitar
Dragoslav Stanislavljevic   Trumpet
Aleksandar Petkovic   Saxophone
Aleksandar Marinkovic   Trombone
Aleksandar Jacimovic   Saxophone
Willi Johanns   Vocals
Vince Bendetti   Piano

Technical Credits

Duško Gojkovic   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Willi Johanns   Audio Production

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