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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Randy Sandke has been admired for his work in swing settings, though the trumpeter's recent projects prior to the making of Unconventional Wisdom have explored many styles of jazz. Such is the case with this CD as well, working with guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer John Riley, with the leader doubling on fluglehorn. The bossa nova setting of pianist Bill Evans' "'Funkallero" gives it a novel swagger, while the loping, nostalgic treatment of Hoagy Carmichael's "New Orleans" suggests a stroll through the Crescent City on a clear fall day. The trumpeter's originals are of equal interest. Sandke has published a book on his novel approach to harmonies ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Randy Sandke has been admired for his work in swing settings, though the trumpeter's recent projects prior to the making of Unconventional Wisdom have explored many styles of jazz. Such is the case with this CD as well, working with guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer John Riley, with the leader doubling on fluglehorn. The bossa nova setting of pianist Bill Evans' "'Funkallero" gives it a novel swagger, while the loping, nostalgic treatment of Hoagy Carmichael's "New Orleans" suggests a stroll through the Crescent City on a clear fall day. The trumpeter's originals are of equal interest. Sandke has published a book on his novel approach to harmonies and demonstrated some of them in his compositions. "Meta Blue" is a lively, uptempo blues in which his angular trumpet line is played in unison by Alden suggesting its evolution from the theories of Lennie Tristano, featuring potent solos all around. "Nicki's Blue"is also a meta-tune, a challenging, twisting blues which the band negotiates with finesse. "Django's Dream" is more standard fare, descended from French Impressionist Claude Debussy's "Reverie" and the subsequent pop reworking "My Reverie," though Sandke adds warm lyrics in tribute to Django Reinhardt. Alden's magical opening solo is followed by Parrott's warm vocal and a brief solo by the leader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941136524
  • Catalog Number: 19365

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just One of Those Things (5:08)
  2. 2 Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye (3:58)
  3. 3 Meta Blue (2:49)
  4. 4 New Orleans (5:55)
  5. 5 The Best Thing for You (5:16)
  6. 6 Nicki's Journey (6:08)
  7. 7 Django's Dream (4:21)
  8. 8 Little Bix (4:08)
  9. 9 Chega de Saudade (6:46)
  10. 10 December Down (3:43)
  11. 11 For All We Know (5:02)
  12. 12 We're in Love (3:32)
  13. 13 Funkallero (6:10)
  14. 14 Toyland (1:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Sandke Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Howard Alden Guitar
John Riley Drums
Nicki Parrott Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Marty Napoleon Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Claude Debussy Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Randy Sandke Composer, Producer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Glen McDonough Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
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