Things for Now

Things for Now

by Jim Knapp
     
 
In the 1930s and early '40s, jazz was famous for its big bands. Whether you were going to see Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, or a local orchestra that never played outside of your home town, big bands were a crucial part of jazz in those days. But after World War II, big bands became a minority. Thankfully,

Overview

In the 1930s and early '40s, jazz was famous for its big bands. Whether you were going to see Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, or a local orchestra that never played outside of your home town, big bands were a crucial part of jazz in those days. But after World War II, big bands became a minority. Thankfully, they didn't disappear altogether; some bop and post-bop legends were lucky enough to specialize in big bands (including Gil Evans and Oliver Nelson), and many improvisers who specialize in small groups will record the occasional big-band date. In the 1990s, Jim Knapp, who doesn't play any instruments on this 1998 session Things for Now, was doing his part to keep the big band tradition alive. His role is that of a conductor and arranger, and Knapp's appreciation of Evans comes through on his own compositions as well as arrangements of Lee Konitz's "Subconscious Lee," Jimmy Rowles' "The Peacocks," and the Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy" (which Knapp's orchestra brings Afro-Cuban elements to). The CD is mostly instrumental, although singer Jay Clayton has some nice spots on the standards "Where or When" and "The Nearness of You." Things For Now isn't distinctive or groundbreaking; Evans was doing this type of thing in the 1950s. But it's decent and pleasing, if derivative.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917318029
catalogNumber:
73180

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Knapp   Primary Artist,Conductor
Jay Clayton   Vocals
Jay Thomas   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brad Allison   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chuck Bergeron   Bass
Chuck Deardorf   Bass
Greg Metcalf   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hans Teuber   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jon Wikan   Snare Drums
Jack Halsey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Hay   Trombone
Dave Ritt   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Karen Halsey   French Horn
Mark Taylor   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rob Davis   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Schroeder   Bass Trombone
John Hansen   Piano

Technical Credits

Harry Simeone   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
John Fedchock   Producer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Jim Knapp   Arranger,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Glenn Slayden   Executive Producer
Henry Onerati   Composer

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