Power and the Glory: A Salute to Louis Armstrong

The Power and the Glory: A Salute to Louis Armstrong

by Jim McNeely
     
 
This live CD is a tribute to Louis Armstrong by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra (conducted by Jim McNeely) with special guest Leroy Jones on trumpet and vocals. That doesn't mean that this is a mundane attempt at replicating Satchmo's recordings of these songs: McNeely's arrangements (as well as others' contributions) have a fresh sound yet remain acceptable, for the

Overview

This live CD is a tribute to Louis Armstrong by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra (conducted by Jim McNeely) with special guest Leroy Jones on trumpet and vocals. That doesn't mean that this is a mundane attempt at replicating Satchmo's recordings of these songs: McNeely's arrangements (as well as others' contributions) have a fresh sound yet remain acceptable, for the most part, to hardcore purists. Jones' roots in New Orleans jazz are solid; this native of the city has proved himself on his earlier dates as a leader. He makes no attempt to replicate Armstrong's fat, rich tone or gravel-like vocals, instead showing the confidence in his own style as a trumpeter and singer. McNeely's The Power and the Glory is an original that incorporates several of Armstrong's works, including "West End Blues," "I'm Not Rough," "Wild Man Blues," "Muggles," and "Potato Head Blues," though the addition of a brittle-sounding electric guitar solo at one point demonstrates a rather sudden departure from the expected. Peter Jensen's arrangement of "Dinah" sounds like something that could have been written for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Trombonist Vincent Nilsson's imaginative chart for "Someday You'll Be Sorry" incorporates Jones' muted trumpet and lively vocals with bass clarinet and tuba in a lush swinging setting. The most straight-ahead approach is heard on the interpretation of Armstrong's theme song, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South." The overall musicianship of the orchestra (including individual solos) is never less than first rate. This CD should provide a nice break from the school of re-creating works of jazz masters that end up sounding like fifth generation carbon copies.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101425020
catalogNumber:
1014250

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Performance Credits

Jim McNeely   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
Tomas Franck   Reeds
Leroy Jones   Trumpet
Flemming Madsen   Reeds
Vincent Nilsson   Trombone
Benny Rosenfeld   Trumpet
Axel Windfel   Trombone
Ethan Weisgard   Percussion
Anders Gustafsson   Trumpet
Thomas Ovesen   Bass
Uffe Markussen   Reeds
Henrik Bolberg Pedersen   Trumpet
Steen Hansen   Trombone
Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra   Track Performer
Michael Hove   Reeds
Nikolaj Bentzon   Piano
Thomas Kjærgaard   Trumpet
Nicolai Schultz   Reeds
Søren Frost   Drums
Thomas Fryland   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Arranger
Jim McNeely   Arranger
Bill Potts   Arranger
George Douglas   Composer
Karl Emil Knudsen   Executive Producer
Ole Mathisen   Producer
Vincent Nilsson   Arranger
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Lars Palsig   Engineer
Peter Jensen   Arranger
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Chrisna Morten   Cover Design
Ole Matthiessen   Producer
Peter H. Laren   Executive Producer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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