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Swingin' the Blues
     

Swingin' the Blues

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by Doc Severinsen
 
Riding the crest of renewed interest in swing (which Doc Severinsen can take significant credit for) has taken the Tonight Show Band successor into the studios for another swing album, this one honoring the blues. The set kicks off with a brief Stan Kenton-like "Intro a la Indigo" seguing into "C Jam

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Riding the crest of renewed interest in swing (which Doc Severinsen can take significant credit for) has taken the Tonight Show Band successor into the studios for another swing album, this one honoring the blues. The set kicks off with a brief Stan Kenton-like "Intro a la Indigo" seguing into "C Jam Blues," and after that, the group never looks back. Integral to the success of the album is the drumming by Ed Shaughnessy; suggesting the skills of Gene Krupa, he sustains a steady, relentless beat to drive the band. He solos on "Topsy," recalling the passionate Krupa solo at Carnegie Hall on "Sing, Sing, Sing." Shaughnessy is also featured on "All Blues." He's not all that subtle, but can he swing! Severinsen also provides abundant solo time for other members of the aggregation, as well as allotting some time for himself. He is especially prominent on "West End Blues," an early favorite of Louis Armstrong. After an opening chorus from Severinsen, Bill Perkins comes in, assuming Harry Carney's role on baritone on "In a Sentimental Mood" and getting significant support from Ross Tompkins' piano. Ernie Watts' tenor dominates "C Jam Blues" while Doug Webb's is soulful on "All Blues." Severinsen takes a few licks on a fervent arrangement of Bob Haggard's classic standard "What's New." The last tune on the CD punctuates the entire session with finality. "The Supreme Sacrifice" is a gospel-like number complete with Bill Cunliffe's B-3 organ, and rumbling choruses from Mike Daigeau's trombone and Snooky Young's trumpet, accented by a few shots from Severinsen. Barbara Morrison joins the group as "girl singer"; her presence also strengthens the session's blues credentials. She plays Joe Williams on "Every Day I Have the Blues," and she's also heard on the slightly risqué "Don't Touch Me" and "The Hucklebuck," where she shares the stage with Conte Candoli's trumpet. Probably in no other form of jazz are good arrangements as critical as in big band music, and on this album, they are outstanding, with seven contributed by the dependable Tommy Newsom and the rest split among Bill Holman, Artie Butler, and John Bambridge. Swingin' the Blues is a delightful excursion to the land of jazz with a very knowledgeable tour conductor.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Azica
UPC:
0787867221525
catalogNumber:
72215
Rank:
146867

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc Severinsen   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Conte Candoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bill Perkins   Baritone Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Ross Tompkins   Piano
John Leitham   Bass
John Bambridge   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Cunliffe   Piano
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Karolyn Kafer   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Barbara Morrison   Vocals
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Doug Webb   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Wiest   Trombone
Snooky Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tom DeLibero   Trumpet
Dennis Tribuzzi   Trumpet
Phillip D. Feather   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Tack   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gary Wright   Producer
King Oliver   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Producer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Doc Severinsen   Producer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Edgar Battle   Composer
Bruce Egre   Executive Producer
James Covert   Art Direction

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Swingin' the Blues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gooseKS More than 1 year ago
All the tracks are good - some e.g. C Jamm Blues - are just spectacular