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Legends
     

Legends

by Skitch Henderson
 
Pianist Skitch Henderson and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli put together this rather strangely configured band in 2003 to celebrate their mutual love: the music of the hot jazz and swing eras. Consisting of two guitars, bass, piano, drums, vibes and four (!) violins, the group's instrumentation manages to

Overview

Pianist Skitch Henderson and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli put together this rather strangely configured band in 2003 to celebrate their mutual love: the music of the hot jazz and swing eras. Consisting of two guitars, bass, piano, drums, vibes and four (!) violins, the group's instrumentation manages to hark back simultaneously to several different jazz traditions all at once, but draws most strongly on that of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's French gypsy jazz of the 1930s. The idea of multiple violins is an interesting but not really successful one -- Andy Stein's multi-tracked playing on "Kiddin' on the Fiddle" sounds awkward, as do the massed strings on the otherwise charmingly swinging "Out of Nowhere." But when Johnny Frigo steps up on his own on "You Stepped Out of a Dream," the effect is electric (as is John Pizzarelli's period-piece guitar solo), and the unison fiddles on the band's unusual jazz arrangement of "Blue Bells of Scotland" is quite a bit more effective. Violinist Aaron Weinstein and John Pizzarelli deliver a marvelous duo arrangement of "Three Little Words," and Bucky Pizzarelli distinguishes himself on the Gershwin standard "Bidin' My Time." Overall, this is an enjoyable, if quirky, excursion into swing revivalism. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941128529
catalogNumber:
19285

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skitch Henderson   Primary Artist,Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar,Soloist
Sherrie Maricle   Drums
Johnny Frigo   Violin,Soloist
Jay Leonhart   Bass
John Pizzarelli   Guitar,Soloist
Andy Stein   Violin,Soloist
Nicki Parrott   Bass
John Cocuzzi   Vibes
Sara Caswell   Violin,Soloist
Aaron Weinstein   Violin,Soloist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Claude Thornhill   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Skitch Henderson   Composer,Liner Notes
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
James J. Kreigsmann   Cover Photo
Mat Domber   Producer
Rachel Domber   Producer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Ed Claypoole   Composer
Walter Cronkite   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Duffy   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Rachel & Mat Domber   Producer

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