Jazz for Couch Potatoes

Jazz for Couch Potatoes

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Overview

Jazz for Couch Potatoes

With a series of urban-minded cover projects, Shanachie Records has found interesting ways for one of its star performers, saxman Kim Waters, to stay busy between solo albums, and now keeps guitarist Chuck Loeb occupied beautifully with this jazzy celebration of classic television themes. Though the album title and cover concept are on the cutesy side and the arrangements are playful, many of these ditties are ripe for a mix of funk and improvisation because they have jazzy qualities to begin with. Quincy Jones' "Sanford & Son" was a soul-blues gem then and comes to life here with the swinging horn section of Waters and Randy Brecker, helped along by Loeb's crackling electric guitar. Loeb also shines on the originally jazzy theme to The Cosby Show, which chugs along like a lighthearted bebop tune. Others like "Peter Gunn" (Henry Mancini), "Taxi" (Bob James), and "M*A*S*H" (Johnny Mandel) were written by jazz-oriented composers who would appreciate these witty arrangements. Having Dave Samuels' vibes carry the early melody on "M*A*S*H" sets this tune apart from the sax and guitar-oriented pack. Samuels also provides the Latin spark over the urban moods for the one newer theme, "Sex and the City," another tune that had "jazz" written all over it. Although this disc will no doubt be marketed as a novelty, it's also notable for its gathering of East Coast musical greats (and some very solid lesser-knowns like saxman Eric Alexander and keyboardist Mike Ricchiuti). Pass the remote!

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351511225
catalogNumber: 5112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Mann   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Waters   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
David Charles   Percussion
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Finck   Bass
Ronald Jenkins   Bass,Electric Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
David Samuels   Vibes
Mike Ricchiuti   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Brian Dunne   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Dennis Wall   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
George Wyle   Composer
Earle H. Hagen   Composer
Sherwood Schwartz   Composer
Mike Ricchiuti   Arranger,Producer
B. James   Composer

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