White Elephant

White Elephant

by Mike Mainieri
     
 
Starting in 1965 and especially during 1969-72, many of the top studio musicians in New York got together after work on a nightly basis to jam and try out new tunes. Because the players' backgrounds were as much in R&B as in jazz and they were very open to the influence of pop and rock, the music on this reissue (which is taken from the sessions) is a mixture of

Overview

Starting in 1965 and especially during 1969-72, many of the top studio musicians in New York got together after work on a nightly basis to jam and try out new tunes. Because the players' backgrounds were as much in R&B as in jazz and they were very open to the influence of pop and rock, the music on this reissue (which is taken from the sessions) is a mixture of idioms. The musicianship of the 20 or so musicians is impeccable and there are some fine solos (particularly by Mike and Randy Brecker on tenor and trumpet) but the vocals and lyrics (which are on all 16 tracks of this double-CD), although not always dominant, range from dated to embarassing. Mike Mainieri and Nick Holmes are responsible for the largely forgettable material (none of which caught on) which, in addition to the vocals, emphasizes funky vamps, R&B riffing and danceable rhythms. Although there are some interesting early solos by the Brecker Brothers and guitarist Joe Beck, this set falls far short of its potential; strangely enough the fine vibraphonist Mainieri is not heard from except on vocals.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/1996
Label:
Nyc (New York City)
UPC:
0750507602121
catalogNumber:
6021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Mainieri   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Joe Beck   Guitar
Warren Bernhardt   Keyboards
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
George Young   Alto Saxophone
Friends   Track Performer
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Sam T. Brown   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Tony Levin   Bass
Donald MacDonald   Drums
Susan Manchester   Vocals
Bob Mann   Guitar
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Nat Pavone   Trumpet
Jon Pierson   Bass Trombone,Vocals
Barry Rodgers   Tenor Trombone
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Annie Sutton   Vocals
Frank Vicari   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Holmes   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ron Levine   Art Direction
Mike Mainieri   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Jay Messina   Engineer
Steve Newman   Redesign
Traditional   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer

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