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All-Stars at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party
     

The All-Stars at Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday Party

by Bob Haggart
 
It was a party they all turned out for. When Bob Haggart, the veteran bassist and composer (“What’s New”), turned 80 in 1994, his buddies showed up in force to celebrate and jam while the Arbors Records tapes rolled. Virtually everyone who was anyone was there: brassmen included Joe Wilder, Randy Sanke, Ruby Braff, and Dan Barrett; reedmen, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber,

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It was a party they all turned out for. When Bob Haggart, the veteran bassist and composer (“What’s New”), turned 80 in 1994, his buddies showed up in force to celebrate and jam while the Arbors Records tapes rolled. Virtually everyone who was anyone was there: brassmen included Joe Wilder, Randy Sanke, Ruby Braff, and Dan Barrett; reedmen, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Flip Phillips, and Ken Peplowski; pianists, Dick Hyman and Ralph Sutton; guitarists, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Van Eps, and Howard Alden; pianists, Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, and Derek Smith; drummers, Jake Hanna and Bobby Rosengarden. In other words, the cream of the traditional jazz crop. And though the great Milt Hinton (84 at the time) and Jack Leshberg were on hand to play bass, Haggart was still very much able to chime in. Even with that overflow of talent, things remain manageable, with the participants set off into compact groups. The playing is consistently inspired, the old friends obviously delighted to be in each other’s company. Haggart passed in 1998 -- at least he lived to experience this superb tribute.

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The first annual March of Jazz celebration and concert took place in 1994 and served double duty as a birthday tribute to the great bassist Bob Haggart on his 80th birthday. To call the contributing players "The All Stars" is no exaggeration in this case -- they include trombonist Dan Barrett, clarinetist Kenny Davern, guitarists George Van Eps and Bucky Pizzarelli, drummer Jake Hanna, and many others. The two-disc program is, as one might expect, a joyful look back at jazz history, from pre-swing standards like "Muskrat Ramble" and "Wolverine Blues" to big band classics like "Air Mail Special" and "The Mooche." Don't be put off by the cover photo -- this is not a bass showcase filled with endless boring and barely audible solos, but rather a joyful jazz party in which camaraderie and ensemble sense shape the music far more than any one musician's ego. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941126525
catalogNumber:
19265
Rank:
271548

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Performance Credits

Bob Haggart   Primary Artist,Bass
Howard Alden   Guitar
Dan Barrett   Trombone
Ruby Braff   Track Performer
Kenny Davern   Reeds
Jake Hanna   Drums
Dick Hyman   Piano
Yank Lawson   Track Performer
Ken Peplowski   Reeds
Flip Phillips   Reeds
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Ralph Sutton   Piano
Bob Wilber   Reeds
George Masso   Trombone
Derek Smith   Piano
Joe Wilder   Track Performer
George Van Eps   Guitar
Rick Fay   Reeds,Vocals
Allan Vaché   Reeds
Milt Hinton   Bass,Vocals
Jerry Jerome   Reeds
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Walter Levinsky   Reeds
Bobby Rosengarden   Drums
Randy Sandke   Track Performer
Jackie Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Charlie Bertini   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Gary Baldassari   Producer,Engineer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer

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