Things Ain't What They Used to Be: Last Set at Sweet Basil

Things Ain't What They Used to Be: Last Set at Sweet Basil

by Nick Brignola
     
 

Baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, who was influenced by Pepper Adams, had a flurry of activity late in his career, recording for several labels, particularly Reservoir. This disc was recorded during a live set in 1992 at Sweet Basil, featuring the leader with pianist Mike Holober, bassist See more details below

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Baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, who was influenced by Pepper Adams, had a flurry of activity late in his career, recording for several labels, particularly Reservoir. This disc was recorded during a live set in 1992 at Sweet Basil, featuring the leader with pianist Mike Holober, bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Dick Berk. The musicians were clearly relaxed and having a ball, stretching out playing favorites like the loping "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," a brisk samba treatment of the normally languid ballad "You Go to My Head" and an extended workout of Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." But Brignola throws his audience a curve by switching to alto sax, clarinet and even soprano sax for individual features. It is hard to believe that the saxophonist showed no interest in the release of these performances, which were taped during the same sessions as Live at Sweet Basil-First Set. But with Brignola's death from cancer in early 2002, just as he was starting to gain recognition, label owner Mark Feldman made sure that this important music wasn't left to linger in the record vault and duly issued it the following year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Reservoir Records
UPC:
0747985017424
catalogNumber:
174
Rank:
358400

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Brignola   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dick Berk   Drums
Rich Syracuse   Bass
Mike Holober   Piano

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Jim Anderson   Engineering
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Mark Feldman   Producer,Liner Notes
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Allan Tucker   Mastering
Mike Holober   Composer
Kayla Feldman   Executive Producer

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