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

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941126525
  • Catalog Number: 19265
  • Sales rank: 170,720

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, Lady Be Good - Bob Haggart All Stars (8:29)
  2. 2 Symphony - Bob Haggart All Stars (5:29)
  3. 3 It Had to Be You - Bob Haggart All Stars (6:25)
  4. 4 Nobody's Sweetheart - Bob Haggart All Stars (11:13)
  5. 5 Blue Turning Grey Over You - Bob Haggart All Stars (8:23)
  6. 6 Lover, Come Back to Me (5:04)
  7. 7 Yesterdays - Bob Haggart All Stars (8:32)
  8. 8 How Long Has This Been Going On? - Bob Haggart All Stars (5:16)
  9. 9 Muskrat Ramble - Bob Haggart All Stars (10:29)
  10. 10 Limehouse Blues - Bob Haggart All Stars (5:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Old Man Time - Bob Haggart All Stars (5:16)
  2. 2 Oh, Baby - Bob Haggart All Stars (6:13)
  3. 3 The Mooche - Bob Haggart All Stars (9:21)
  4. 4 Lullaby of Birdland (6:33)
  5. 5 Lover - Bob Haggart All Stars (10:24)
  6. 6 Three Little Words - Bob Haggart All Stars (9:15)
  7. 7 Wolverine Blues - Bob Haggart All Stars (10:42)
  8. 8 Air Mail Special - Bob Haggart All Stars (7:25)
  9. 9 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Bob Haggart All Stars (8:26)
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Album Credits

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
Marvin Gaye Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Charlie Bertini Producer
Bob Katz Mastering
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Gary Baldassari Producer, Engineer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Joe Pesci Composer
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