With Malice Toward None: The Music Of Tom McIntosh

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Ipo Recordings
  • UPC: 675754704025
  • Catalog Number: 1005
  • Sales rank: 191,481

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cup Bearers - Stefon Harris (5:52)
  2. 2 The MVP - Stefon Harris (8:40)
  3. 3 Ruptures in the Rapture - Stefon Harris (16:14)
  4. 4 Minor Consolation - Stefon Harris (6:30)
  5. 5 With Malice Toward None - Helen Sung (6:43)
  6. 6 Balanced Scales Equal Justice - Stefon Harris (6:18)
  7. 7 I'm Out No Hating - Stefon Harris (10:28)
  8. 8 Billie's Bounce - Ben Perowsky (5:08)
  9. 9 Long Ago (And Far Away) - Helen Sung (2:45)
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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, Mastering
Tom McIntosh Arranger, Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Helen Sung Introduction
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