Sophisticated Lady

Sophisticated Lady

by Frank Mantooth
     
 

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 See more details below

Overview

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:
01/01/1996
Label:
Sea Breeze Records
UPC:
0017231207429
catalogNumber:
2074

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Mantooth   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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