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Tommy Newsom and His Octo-Pussycats
     

Tommy Newsom and His Octo-Pussycats

by Tommy Newsom
 
If you're over 35-years-old, chances are good that you remember Tommy Newsom (if at all) as the tenor saxophonist for the NBC Orchestra during the Johnny Carson years, and as that ensemble's stand-in conductor when Doc Severinsen wasn't around. The running joke on the show was that Newsom was so square -- he'd stand there quietly, hands

Overview

If you're over 35-years-old, chances are good that you remember Tommy Newsom (if at all) as the tenor saxophonist for the NBC Orchestra during the Johnny Carson years, and as that ensemble's stand-in conductor when Doc Severinsen wasn't around. The running joke on the show was that Newsom was so square -- he'd stand there quietly, hands clasped behind his back, a little smile on his face, while Johnny and Ed poked fun at him for his implacable Midwestern reserve. Those who bought that pose may be surprised by the fiery swing, fierce energy and uncompromising chops that Newsom brings to his recorded work -- there's nothing reticent or modest about his beautifully dancing composition "Titter Pipes" or his sturdily swinging arrangement of the Noël Coward tune "Poor Little Rich Girl." In fact, his arrangements are about as impressive as his playing and that of the rest of his octet -- though the best track of all is probably that wonderful "Titter Pipes," the sole original on what is otherwise a program of standards. The album's only less-than-stellar moment comes at the weak and out-of-tune flute solo on "Cinnamon and Clove." Highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941131222
catalogNumber:
19312
Rank:
144692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Newsom   Primary Artist,Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Warren Vaché   Cornet
Derek Smith   Piano
Sherrie Maricle   Drums
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Karolina Strassmayer   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Lisa Parrott   Baritone Saxophone
Noriko Ueda   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Léo Delibes   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Lou Carter   Composer
Floyd Levin   Liner Notes

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