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Swingin' Away
     

Swingin' Away

by George Gee & His Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra
 
George Gee leads a solid, second-level big band in the New York area that was helped along by the popularity of retro-swing in the mid- to late '90s. At this live concert, Gee's orchestra, along with Count Basie's orchestra, helped celebrate the 85th birthday of famous dancer Frankie Manning at the Roseland Ballroom. Oddly enough, many of the songs that Gee's band

Overview

George Gee leads a solid, second-level big band in the New York area that was helped along by the popularity of retro-swing in the mid- to late '90s. At this live concert, Gee's orchestra, along with Count Basie's orchestra, helped celebrate the 85th birthday of famous dancer Frankie Manning at the Roseland Ballroom. Oddly enough, many of the songs that Gee's band plays are associated with Basie (including "Blues for Stephanie," "Smack Dab in the Middle," "Basie Boogie," "Blues in Hoss' Flat," and "Everyday I Have the Blues") despite the fact that the Basie band would soon be performing. The Gee orchestra displays good musicianship in general, although the clarinet solo on "Roll 'Em" is woefully out of tune. Carla Cook is in excellent form vocalizing on "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Pennies From Heaven," there are some decent (if not distinctive) solos heard along the way, and George Gee & His Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra show plenty of spirit. Throughout "Stompin' at the Savoy," Manning is heard calling out instructions to the dancers; on record it comes across as distracting and annoying, although it might mean something to people who actually were at the concert. The George Gee big band obviously pleases dancers, although jazz-wise one wishes it was more original.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Zort Music
UPC:
0687036072029
catalogNumber:
720

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Performance Credits

George Gee & His Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra   Primary Artist
Robert Trowers   Trombone,Soloist
Lance Bryant   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Derrick Gardner   Trumpet,Soloist
Eugene Ghee   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Mark Gross   Alto Saxophone
Matthew Hughes   Bass
Jack Jeffers   Bass Trombone
Ed Pazant   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Charles Stephens   Trombone,Soloist
Alex Harding   Baritone Saxophone
Walt Szymanski   Trumpet,Vocals,Soloist
Evan Barker   Trumpet
Willard Dyson   Drums
George Gee   Leader
Carla Cook   Vocals,Soloist
Frankie Manning   Track Performer
Brian Bonvissuto   Trombone
Rick Germanson   Piano
Steve Wiseman   Trumpet,Soloist

Technical Credits

Buck Clayton   Composer
Lance Bryant   Arranger
John Burns   Producer,Engineer
David Levy   Graphic Design
Leo Watson   Composer
Walt Szymanski   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Milton Ebbins   Composer
George Gee   Producer
Frankie Manning   Contributor
Alan D. Sugarman   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Product Development
Mark Frankel   Engineer
Mark Frankel   Engineer

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