With Malice Toward None: The Music Of Tom McIntosh

With Malice Toward None: The Music Of Tom McIntosh

by Tom McIntosh
     
 

While there’s no shortage of first-rate soloists here, this long-in-coming album belongs to composer and arranger Tom McIntosh. A name only to hard-core jazz fans, McIntosh contributed his share of superb tunes and orchestrations throughout the 1960s before disappearing into the Hollywood studios. He waited until he was 76 years old before making this, his recording… See more details below

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While there’s no shortage of first-rate soloists here, this long-in-coming album belongs to composer and arranger Tom McIntosh. A name only to hard-core jazz fans, McIntosh contributed his share of superb tunes and orchestrations throughout the 1960s before disappearing into the Hollywood studios. He waited until he was 76 years old before making this, his recording debut as a leader. Gathering up some of his most famous and durable tunes, including “The Cup Bearers,” “Balanced Scales Equal Justice,” and “With Malice Toward None,” McIntosh was joined by, among others, tenor saxophonists James Moody and Benny Golson, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Richard Davis, and pianists Roger Kellaway and Kenny Barron. Although McIntosh can be heard on trombone, he takes no solos; his real gifts are with a pen. And fleshed out by such outstanding players, his tunes and charts really shine. Two bonus tracks add additional sparkle: a spirited jam on Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” and a lovely duet reading of Jerome Kern’s “Long Ago and Far Away” by Davis and pianist Helen Sung.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tom McIntosh has widely been heralded for his abilities as a jazz composer and arranger, yet the trombonist did not make his recording debut as a leader until he was 76 years old. Fans of his superb writing will be delighted with all nine tracks on this IPO CD, not only due to the all-star cast with Kenny Barron, Roger Kellaway, James Moody, Benny Golson, Richard Davis, and the talented young vibraphonist Stefon Harris, but also because of the delightful interaction between the musicians as they tackle his imaginative charts. A brisk arrangement of McIntosh's "The Cup Bearers" kicks off the session with a flourish. "Ruptures in the Rapture" is an unusual extended piece, initially connecting unrelated fragments of several standards before evolving into a complex hard bop setting. "Minor Consolation" is a soothing ballad featuring Moody's lyrical flute and Harris' tasty vibes. The upbeat "With Malice Toward None" has a gospel flavor, showcasing Golson's tenor sax and pianist Helen Sung. McIntosh also delves into standards. The romping take of "Billie's Bounce" employs both Kellaway and Barron on twin pianos, joined by Davis and drummer Ben Perowsky. The sign-off is a richly textured duet of "Long Ago and Far Away," with Sung at the piano and Davis playing arco bass. It's a pity that it took so long for Tom McIntosh to get this opportunity to lead a date of his own, but his many contributions as an arranger and composer since he debuted with John Lewis in 1959 assure him of his legacy, though a follow-up recording to this outstanding CD is very much in order.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Ipo Recordings
UPC:
0675754704025
catalogNumber:
1005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom McIntosh   Primary Artist,Trombone,Track Performer
Roger Kellaway   Piano,Track Performer
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Track Performer
Kenny Barron   Piano,Track Performer
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ben Perowsky   Drums,Track Performer
Bill Washer   Guitar,Track Performer
Buster Williams   Bass,Track Performer
Frank Perowsky   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Stefon Harris   Vibes,Track Performer
Richard Anthony Davis   Bass,Track Performer
Helen Sung   Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jerome Kern   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Timothy Martyn   Engineer
Tom McIntosh   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Helen Sung   Introduction

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