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Creepin' With Clark
     

Creepin' With Clark

by Mike Vax
 
Although Mike Vax is a talented trumpeter and flügelhornist, it's hard not to be upstaged by a guest the caliber of Clark Terry. Fortunately these two men realize that this studio session is not a competition, but instead an old friendship that is focused on producing great music. The supporting cast includes the talented but underappreciated trombonist John Allred,

Overview

Although Mike Vax is a talented trumpeter and flügelhornist, it's hard not to be upstaged by a guest the caliber of Clark Terry. Fortunately these two men realize that this studio session is not a competition, but instead an old friendship that is focused on producing great music. The supporting cast includes the talented but underappreciated trombonist John Allred, young pianist Reggie Thomas, veteran bassist Rufus Reid, and Terry's regular drummer Sylvia Cuenca. Vax contributed the lively "Royal Street Shuffle," which is driven by Thomas' strong boogie-woogie piano, and the oddly named "Creepin' With Clark," as there's nothing slow-paced about this swinger! Vax's deliberate arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call" opens with just Terry's flügelhorn and Allred's trombone, before Vax adds his muted trumpet as the rest of the group joins in; Terry's following gutbucket muted solo is inspired. Terry's fat-toned flügelhorn is immediately identifiable on his old composition, the upbeat "Serenade to a Bus Seat," which features great solos by the entire group. The two leaders' horns blend beautifully in Terry's "Just a Simple Waltz," and they take turns caressing his rich ballad "Sheba." The tasty dessert at the end of this CD is actually served in two courses. First, Terry's treatment of the late Harry "Sweets" Edison's easygoing "Jive at Five" features him alternating between his matchless scat singing and his muted trumpet. The finale finds Terry alternating between muted trumpet and flügelhorn on his funky "One Foot in the Gutter." Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Summit(Classical)
UPC:
0099402273921
catalogNumber:
273

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Performance Credits

Mike Vax   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Rufus Reid   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Reggie Thomas   Piano
John Allred   Trombone
Sylvia Cuenca   Drums

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Frank Mantooth   Liner Notes
Mike Vax   Composer,Producer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
George Graham   Liner Notes
Lil Hardin   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Nat Adderley   Composer
Daniel Traynor   Packaging,Cover Art
Kip Sullivan   Packaging
Todd S. Jenkins   Liner Notes
Mike Kaiser   Producer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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