Things for Now

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917318029
  • Catalog Number: 73180

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
Wil Hese Mastering
Henry Onerati Composer
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