Speaking of Love

Speaking of Love

by Scott Whitfield

CD

Overview

Trombonist/composer/arranger and bandleader Scott Whitfield has sung on a few of his earlier albums, but on this occasion he dives in head first, concentrating as much on vocals as his trombone playing. This session, which concentrates on songs popular in the 1930s and 1940s, has a strong cast of instrumentalists, including guests Bucky Pizzarelli, Marvin Stamm, Scott Robinson (heard on the rarely featured bass sax), plus Whitfield, his rhythm section and the Manhattan Vocal Project (the leader plus three instrumentalists, all of whom double on Four Freshmen-like harmony vocals). But Whitfield just isn't a strong enough vocalist to devote an entire CD to singing, which makes it difficult to hear this release all the way through in one sitting. His originals on this date are also less memorable than those heard on his earlier Summit recordings, though his arrangements of familiar standards are enjoyable. The vocal highlights feature Cheryl Bentyne, especially her adept handling of Bill Evans' "Adagio in Pearl" (a vocal treatment of "Bill's Hit Tune"), though she is hampered a bit by Whitfield trying to keep up with her vocally. This isn't a bad release, but as many singing jazz instrumentalists have realized over the years, unless you are an outstanding vocalist, it is best to take only occasional turns at the mic.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2007
Label: Summit(Classical)
UPC: 0099402470924
catalogNumber: 470

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Whitfield   Primary Artist,Trombone,Vocals
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Guest Appearance
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Memo Acevedo   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Kevin Osborne   Trombone,Vocals
Willard Dyson   Drums
Pete McGuinness   Trombone,Vocals
Mary Ann McSweeney   Bass
Ted Kooshian   Piano
Manhattan Vocal Project   Track Performer
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Scott Whitfield   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Memo Acevedo   Session Photographer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Rodgers Grant   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Andy Waterman   Vocal Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Helen Borgers   Liner Notes,Author
Chris Zambon   Cover Art
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Stanley Styne   Composer
Linda Miller   Composer

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