On the Wild Side

On the Wild Side

by John La Barbera


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On the Wild Side

The son of a pianist and bassist and the brother of drummer Joe La Barbera and tenor saxophonist Pat La Barbera, John La Barbera was originally a trumpeter who became a skilled arranger/composer and an important educator. For this set, he utilizes a 16-piece orchestra that features such soloists as trumpeter Clay Jenkins (who is in top form), tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard, altoist Kim Richmond, pianist Bill Cunliffe, both of his siblings, and (on "Mayreh") guest altoist Bud Shank. The writing is conventional if advanced, but the material is superior and there are surprises along the way. Highlights include the ten-and-a-half-minute "Walk on the Wild Side Suite" (which composer Elmer Bernstein praised), Horace Silver's "Mayreh," a particularly inventive reworking of "Eleanor Rigby," and a tribute to Art Blakey ("Message from Art") composed by Joe La Barbera. This set is easily recommended to fans of modern big bands.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2004
Label: Jazz Compass
UPC: 0829757439228
catalogNumber: 1007
Rank: 136220

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John La Barbera   Primary Artist,Conductor
Kim Richmond   Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Bob Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone
Pat La Barbera   Tenor Saxophone
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Bob Carr   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bill Cunliffe   Keyboards
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
Tom Peterson   Tenor Saxophone
Tom Ranier   Keyboards
Bob Shepard   Tenor Saxophone
Tom Warrington   Bass
Bob O'Donnell   Trumpet
Brian Scanlon   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Alex Iles   Trombone
Kenneth Kugler   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Elmer Bernstein   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Joe La Barbera   Composer
John La Barbera   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer

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