Tommy Newsom and His Octo-Pussycats

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941131222
  • Catalog Number: 19312
  • Sales rank: 366,890

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, Mastering
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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