The Wizard of Oz Suite

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Veteran trombonist Phil Wilson arranged seven pieces from the film The Wizard of Oz and turned them into an engaging suite, accompanied by several great soloists and the NDR Big Band. "Over the Rainbow" is an obvious choice, since it has long since become a jazz standard; he gives it a loping treatment over a lush orchestral background. "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" receives a playful up-tempo arrangement featuring alto saxophonist Herb Geller, including a quick but recurring taste of Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning." His reworking of "If I Only Had a Brain" adds an interesting brass vamp underneath the soloists, while unaccompanied brass invite you to follow the yellow ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Veteran trombonist Phil Wilson arranged seven pieces from the film The Wizard of Oz and turned them into an engaging suite, accompanied by several great soloists and the NDR Big Band. "Over the Rainbow" is an obvious choice, since it has long since become a jazz standard; he gives it a loping treatment over a lush orchestral background. "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" receives a playful up-tempo arrangement featuring alto saxophonist Herb Geller, including a quick but recurring taste of Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning." His reworking of "If I Only Had a Brain" adds an interesting brass vamp underneath the soloists, while unaccompanied brass invite you to follow the yellow brick road during the opening of "We're Off to See the Wizard" in a delightful marchlike chart. Music lovers like Phil Wilson have known for a long time that these great songs aren't just for kids! Neither is Wilson a slouch with other standards. Brisk versions of "Perdido," "Oh, Lady Be Good," and "Woodchopper's Ball" are all exciting; while his mastery of ballads such as "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You" and "I Like the Sunrise" is readily apparent. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1994
  • Label: Capri Records
  • UPC: 054987404023
  • Catalog Number: 74040
  • Sales rank: 202,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Munchkinland - NDR Bigband (4:42)
  2. 2 If I Were King Of The Forest - NDR Bigband (3:37)
  3. 3 If I Only Had a Brain - NDR Bigband (5:59)
  4. 4 We're Off To See The Wizard - NDR Bigband (6:26)
  5. 5 Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead - NDR Bigband (3:55)
  6. 6 In The Merry Old Land Of Oz - NDR Bigband (4:10)
  7. 7 Over the Rainbow - NDR Bigband (3:58)
  8. 8 Perdido - NDR Bigband (5:23)
  9. 9 St. James Infirmary - NDR Bigband (4:53)
  10. 10 Oh, Lady Be Good - NDR Bigband (7:08)
  11. 11 Ghost Of A Chance - NDR Bigband (4:40)
  12. 12 Woodchopper's Ball - NDR Bigband (3:56)
  13. 13 I Like the Sunrise - NDR Bigband (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Wilson Primary Artist, Trombone
Herb Geller Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Walter Norris Piano
Christof Lauer Tenor Saxophone
Wolfgang Ahlers Trombone
Lennart Axelsson Trumpet
Egon Christmann Trombone
Harald Ende Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Gramatzki Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Bubi Grossmann Trombone
Harry Grube Piano
Heinz Habermann Trumpet
Paul Kubatsch Trumpet
Bob Lanese Trumpet
Lucas Lindholm Bass
Manny Moch Trumpet
Danny Moss Tenor Saxophone
Paddy Plato Trombone
Werner Roennfeldt Baritone Saxophone
Wolfgang Schueter Xylophone
Stephan Siez Guitar
Ronny Stephenson Drums
Stephan VonDobrzynski Tenor Saxophone
Emil Wurster Alto Saxophone
NDR Bigband Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Phil Wilson Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
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