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Sophisticated Lady

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
A blast off from Bobby Shew's trumpet in the first few measures of Paul McKee's "The Messenger," the first cut on this album, sets the stage for over 70 minutes of sometimes rip-roaring, other times mellow, but always dynamic big-band music in a modern vein. Of the ten tracks, seven are composed and/or arranged by Mantooth. "The Messenger," presenting Shew's high-register trumpet solo along with Pat LaBarbera's soprano saxophone, is one of the album's highlights. Shew is also the soloist on the Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jon Hendricks-penned "Centerpiece," one of the three tracks in this set to feature Kevin Mahogany on vocals. He does some serious scatting on this piece, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
A blast off from Bobby Shew's trumpet in the first few measures of Paul McKee's "The Messenger," the first cut on this album, sets the stage for over 70 minutes of sometimes rip-roaring, other times mellow, but always dynamic big-band music in a modern vein. Of the ten tracks, seven are composed and/or arranged by Mantooth. "The Messenger," presenting Shew's high-register trumpet solo along with Pat LaBarbera's soprano saxophone, is one of the album's highlights. Shew is also the soloist on the Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jon Hendricks-penned "Centerpiece," one of the three tracks in this set to feature Kevin Mahogany on vocals. He does some serious scatting on this piece, and he's also present on "One for My Baby" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." Another special attraction is Tom Matta's haunting bass trombone solo on "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," with Marvin Stamm's staccato trumpet cleaning up at the end of the tune. Master baritone sax player Nick Brignola showcases "Sophisticated Lady," which is done with a bossa nova flavor. Pete Christlieb's tenor sax joins Mahogany on the ultimate saloon song "One for My Baby." There's also a muted trumpet playing behind Mahogany which, regrettably, isn't identified. Ending on a hopeful and poignant note with "We'll Be Together Again," once more featuring a soulful Christlieb tenor, Mantooth has put together an album of superb big-band charts played by outstanding instrumentalists. Since this albums brings together recordings made at different sessions, McKee's "The Messenger" appears twice on the album. The only downside is the weird picture on the cover: a piece of work called "Wanda" who is not a "Sophisticated Lady."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1996
  • Label: Sea Breeze Records
  • UPC: 017231207429
  • Catalog Number: 2074

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Messenger - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (10:01)
  2. 2 Centerpiece - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (7:06)
  3. 3 Sophisticated Lady (6:38)
  4. 4 The Louie Shuffle - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (5:40)
  5. 5 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (6:55)
  6. 6 Moment's Notice (7:35)
  7. 7 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Tom Matta (7:52)
  8. 8 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (4:30)
  9. 9 The Messenger - Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra (10:15)
  10. 10 We'll Be Together Again - Jonathon Boen (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Mantooth Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Bandleader, Synthesizer Piano
Nick Brignola Baritone Saxophone
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Matt Harris Piano
Bobby Shew Trumpet
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Pat La Barbera Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Danny Barber Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mark Bettcher Trombone
Bob Bowman Bass
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Orbert Davis Trumpet
Steve Eisen Tenor Saxophone
Tom Garling Trombone
Adrian Gola Violin
Steve Houghton Drums
Roger Ingram Trumpet
Steve Jensen Trumpet
Allen Johnson Trumpet
Glen Kostur Baritone Saxophone
Chris Lega Alto Saxophone
Kevin Mahogany Vocals
Jim Massoth Alto Saxophone
Paul McKee Trombone
Kim Park Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Alejo Poveda Percussion
Bob Rummage Drums
Kelly Sill Bass
Steve Wiest Trombone
Mike Young Trombone
John McLean Guitar
Howie Smith Alto Saxophone
Jonathon Boen Track Performer
Tom Matta Trombone, Track Performer
Art Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Marcia Labella Harp
Technical Credits
Nick Brignola Contributor
Matt Harris Arranger
Frank Mantooth Arranger, Producer, Synthesizer String Arrangement
Fred Breitberg Producer, Engineer
Bob Lark Director
Paul McKee Arranger
Johnny Mercer Lyricist
Alan Shinn Director
Ed Paschke Cover Art
Jay Craggs Sound Design
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