Swingin' Away

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Zort Music
  • UPC: 687036072029
  • Catalog Number: 720

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gee & His Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra Primary Artist
George Gee Indexed Contributor
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
John Burr Mastering
Leonard Lee Composer
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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