The Memphis Hang

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD's title, The Memphis Hang, may make it sound like the music on this lively set was made at a very loose jam session that took place at 3 in the morning. It is true that the music was performed as it says on the liner notes "with no preconceived notions," but it is not sound explorations or filled with freely improvised and intuitive group improvisations. In reality this is a reunion of four musical friends who are familiar with each other's playing. The music is filled with blues, standards, and obscurities, sometimes punctuated by quotes from other songs. Tuba player Jim Shearer can sound like he is in a brass band but at other times comes across as a bop-based ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This CD's title, The Memphis Hang, may make it sound like the music on this lively set was made at a very loose jam session that took place at 3 in the morning. It is true that the music was performed as it says on the liner notes "with no preconceived notions," but it is not sound explorations or filled with freely improvised and intuitive group improvisations. In reality this is a reunion of four musical friends who are familiar with each other's playing. The music is filled with blues, standards, and obscurities, sometimes punctuated by quotes from other songs. Tuba player Jim Shearer can sound like he is in a brass band but at other times comes across as a bop-based soloist. On Big Bill Broonzy's "Not When I've Been Drinkin,'" he quotes the entire blues chorus that Lester Young played in the 1957 telecast of The Sound Of Jazz. On "Blue Turning Gray Over You" via overdubbing, he forms a tuba quartet to re-create a recorded trombone solo; it's not as scary as it sounds! Charlie Wood contributes good-time vocals in the spirit but in a much better voice than Leon Redbone along with some fine organ and piano playing. Billy Gibson's harmonica is a major asset to the core group while the guest appearances of trumpeter Tom Clary are quite welcome. Ranging from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monk with a bow towards Charles Mingus "'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", this is a consistently fun set of spirited yet relaxed music that, come to think of it, does sound like a late-night hang.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402502922
  • Catalog Number: 502
  • Sales rank: 387,957

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Shearer Primary Artist, Tuba
Tim Goodwin Acoustic Bass
Joey Restivo Guitar
Billy Gibson Harmonica
Charlie Wood Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes, Pedal Bass, Hammond B3
Tom Clary Trumpet
Tony Lonardo Drums
Joe Restivo Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Bobby Sherwood Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Al Cohn Composer
Tiny Kahn Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Jim Schwall Composer
Charlie Wood Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Gary Tigerman Composer
Mike Ferro Composer
Kevin Nix Mastering
Tom Clary Arranger, Engineer
Doug Neal Artwork
Jim Shearer Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Bob Leathermon Composer
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