The Beat Goes On

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Frank Derrick is a veteran drummer who has spent several decades working in various jazz orchestras and with legends like Benny Carter and Eubie Blake, while also serving as house drummer for The David Letterman Show and working in the pit for a number of Broadway shows. The Beat Goes On is an excellent, if long delayed debut as a leader for him, showcasing his chops not only as a soloist but also as an arranger and composer, in both big-band and quintet settings. His lighthearted scoring of "Cute" (one of many Neal Hefti gems popularized by Count Basie) features a tasty samba worked into the body of the piece, showcasing flautist Billy Ross, a muted trumpet solo by Melton ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Frank Derrick is a veteran drummer who has spent several decades working in various jazz orchestras and with legends like Benny Carter and Eubie Blake, while also serving as house drummer for The David Letterman Show and working in the pit for a number of Broadway shows. The Beat Goes On is an excellent, if long delayed debut as a leader for him, showcasing his chops not only as a soloist but also as an arranger and composer, in both big-band and quintet settings. His lighthearted scoring of "Cute" (one of many Neal Hefti gems popularized by Count Basie) features a tasty samba worked into the body of the piece, showcasing flautist Billy Ross, a muted trumpet solo by Melton Mustafa, and pianist Mike Levine, in addition to the leader's crisp brushwork. Derrick was inspired by Art Blakey's 1962 recording of "Caravan" when he created his updated arrangement, which alternates between hard bop and an Afro-Latin flavor. Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk" is rarely performed in a big-band setting, but Derrick's superb chart reveals its possibilities, featuring Mustafa's expressive flugelhorn and Ross' playful soprano sax. The drummer's originals also sparkle. "In Stride" is a loping funk vehicle, while "Conquest" is a breezy hard bop vehicle. Hopefully, Frank Derrick won't have to wait long for a follow-up record date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2008
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • UPC: 700261240817
  • Catalog Number: 1035
  • Sales rank: 320,472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Away We Go (3:11)
  2. 2 Conquest (4:57)
  3. 3 Cute (3:47)
  4. 4 The Beat Goes On (7:05)
  5. 5 Caravan (7:11)
  6. 6 Summertime (4:42)
  7. 7 My Fair Lady (12:03)
  8. 8 Blue Rondo a La Turk (6:18)
  9. 9 In Stride (4:39)
  10. 10 Me Too (4:26)
  11. 11 I Get a Kick out of You (5:18)
  12. 12 Slaughter on 10th Avenue (6:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Derrick Primary Artist, Drums, Leader, Musician
Chuck Bergeron Bass, Soloist, Musician
George Caldwell Piano, Soloist, Musician
Randy Emerick Baritone Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Melton Mustafa Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist, Musician
Billy Ross Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Ed Maina Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
John Kricker Trombone, Soloist, Musician
Dante Luciani Trombone, Soloist, Musician
Doug Michels Trumpet, Musician
Jim Hayward Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
Dan Salmasian Alto Saxophone, Musician
Chris LaBarbera Trumpet, Soloist, Musician
Steve Sigmund Trombone, Musician
Lindsey Blair Guitar, Soloist, Musician
Augie Haas Trumpet, Soloist, Musician
Frank Derrick Drums
Mike Levine Piano, Soloist, Musician
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Allyn Ferguson Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Hal Batt Engineer
George Caldwell Arranger, Composer
George Horn Mastering
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Mike Lewis Arranger, Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Frank Derrick Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Orchestration
Alan Baylock Arranger
DuBose Heyward Composer
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