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Engelbert Wrobel may be an unknown name in the United States but he has recorded five CDs in Europe with his Swing Society (based in Germany) and can certainly hold his own with any mainstream swing player around today. Wrobel, who sounds equally adept on clarinet, soprano, alto and tenor, is joiend by a strong four-piece rhythm section which includes pianist Chris Hopkins, plus special guest Dan Barrett. Somehow the blend of the two horns often makes the group sound as if it has four. The arranged ensembels (which alternate with solos and jammed passages) are colorful and creative within the genre of prebop. "Coquette" has the group sounding like John Kirby's Sextet, "Gilly" is close to the Benny Goodman Sextet, the ghost of Sidney Bechet emerges during "Promenade Aux Champs Elysees" and other numbers find Wroble ranging in styles from early Coleman Hawkins to Pete Fountain. Barrett, who is equally skilled on cornet and trombone, is a major asset and the rhythm section is both tight and loose. Wonderful and very enjoyable music.
Performance CreditsEngelbert Wrobel Primary Artist,Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dan Barrett Trombone,Cornet
Ingmar Heller Bass
Technical CreditsHoagy Carmichael Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Ross Firestone Liner Notes
Engelbert Wrobel Producer
Oliver Bergner Engineer