by Rob McConnell & the Boss BrassRob McConnell & the Boss Brass


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Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add a few surprises to these 1994 sessions. Opening with McConnell's blues "Overtime," with an obvious nod to pianist Ray Bryant's "After Hours," guitarist Ed Bickert comes out of the woodwork to play a blues-drenched solo with much more volume than one is used to hearing from him on record. Clark Terry's sassy blues "Hawg Jawz" chugs along with strong solos by trumpeter Steve McDade and tenorist John Johnson. McConnell's swinging setting of the standard "Stella by Starlight" is a feature for flügelhornist Guido Basso, with solo help from Bickert and pianist Dave Restivo. The understated setting of "Alone Together" showcases McConnell and Bickert with bass and drums initially, with the remainder of the band gradually added. Moe Kaufman's rich alto sax is the focal point of McConnell's lush ballad "After You." The leader's "This May Be Your Lucky Day" is a salute to tenor saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, who had a running gag on club dates playing at the bottom range of their horns on one number. This valuable part of Rob McConnell's discography lapsed from print a few years after its appearance, so it will become increasingly difficult to acquire.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/1994
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431461821
catalogNumber: 4618

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass   Primary Artist
Ed Bickert   Guitar
Rob McConnell   Trombone,Valve Trombone
Moe Koffman   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Guido Basso   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alex Dean   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Arnie Chycoski   Flute,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Johnson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bob Leonard   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Livingston   Trombone
Jim MacDonald   French Horn
John MacLeod   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve McDade   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ted Warren   Drums
Rick Wilkins   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Woods   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alastair Kay   Trombone
Ernie Pattison   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Gary Pattison   French Horn
Dave Restivo   Piano
Jim Vivian   Bass
Jerry Johnson   Trombone,Bass Trombone
James MacDonald   French Horn

Technical Credits

Rob McConnell   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Carl Jefferson   Executive Producer
Phil Sheridan   Producer,Engineer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Kent Judkins   Art Direction

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