Totally Live at Catalina Jazz Club: In Memory of Bob Florence

Totally Live at Catalina Jazz Club: In Memory of Bob Florence

by Phil Norman Tentet
     
 
The Phil Norman Tentet intended their live recording at Catalina Jazz Club to be a tribute in part to veteran composer/arranger/pianist Bob Florence, who had worked with Norman's tentet as a sideman when he wasn't leading his own big band. Sadly, Florence passed away a few months prior to the release of this double CD. In any case, Norman's tentet features some of the

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The Phil Norman Tentet intended their live recording at Catalina Jazz Club to be a tribute in part to veteran composer/arranger/pianist Bob Florence, who had worked with Norman's tentet as a sideman when he wasn't leading his own big band. Sadly, Florence passed away a few months prior to the release of this double CD. In any case, Norman's tentet features some of the top West Coast musicians, including trumpeters Carl Saunders and Ron Stout, pianist Christian Jacob (a fine leader himself and important asset to singer Tierney Sutton's band), guitarist Larry Koonse, along with the leader on tenor sax. Florence's arrangement of Miles Davis' "All Blues" alters its familiar chord changes, providing a great backdrop for solos by Koonse, Jacob and Stout. Kim Richmond contributed several great charts, including a tantalizing medley of Horace Silver's "The Outlaw" and French pianist Martial Solal's "Middle Jazz," both works deserving of wider recognition, while his cool scoring of the old country tune "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" also works rather well, showcasing altoist Rusty Higgins and Saunders. With so many versions available of "A Night in Tunisia," it would seem like this tune is in danger of overexposure, but Scott Whitfield's lively arrangement, which opens with a bit dissonance, is worth hearing. The one bit of excess is having the MC introduce the musicians at both the beginning and the end of the evening, either one should have been omitted, preferably the initial introduction, which most listeners will skip since there's no music underneath and it takes far too long.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2008
Label:
Mama Records
UPC:
0734956103422
catalogNumber:
1034
Rank:
169274

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Norman Tentet   Primary Artist
Roger Neumann   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Brad Dutz   Percussion,Drums
Kevin Axt   Bass,Soloist
Rusty Higgins   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Christian Jacob   Piano,Soloist
Larry Koonse   Guitar,Soloist
Andy Martin   Trombone,Soloist
Carl Saunders   Trumpet,Soloist
Ron Stout   Trumpet,Soloist
David Tull   Drums,Soloist
Phil Norman   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bob Florence   Arranger,Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Bill Holman   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Composer
Kim Richmond   Arranger
Horace Silver   Composer
Martial Solal   Composer
Roger Neumann   Arranger,Producer
Scott Whitfield   Arranger
Charles Thompson   Composer
Med Flory   Arranger,Composer
Willie Maiden   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Tim Pinch   Engineer
Daniel Traynor   Artwork,Graphic Design

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