Play the Jazz Classics

Play the Jazz Classics

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


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One of the final recordings by Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass for Concord, this pair of sessions focuses on favorite standards and timeless jazz compositions, with most of the arrangements by the leader, a fine valve trombonist to boot. Among the standards is a lively, typically Latin-flavored setting of "Invitation" and a lush treatment of "Autumn in New York" showcasing altoist John Johnson. The remainder of the disc focuses on works by jazz composers. McConnell shines in the gently swinging take of Dave Brubeck's "The Duke," while Horace Silver's "Peace" and Blue Mitchell's "Blue Silver" make up an intriguing medley. Guitarist Ed Bickert and tenorist Rick Wilkins are featured in a richly textured chart of "Pensativa," which was arranged by Wilkins. The dramatic setting of Billy Strayhorn's "Day Dream" contrasts with the playful take of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," with the latter song briefly detouring into Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You." The recording wraps with a thoughtful salute to Count Basie by playing a deliberate rendition of Neal Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'," which became a signature tune for Basie not long after it was released.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/1997
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431478423
catalogNumber: 4784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Thad Jones   Composer
Rob McConnell   Arranger,Producer
Phil Nimmons   Arranger
John Burk   Executive Producer
Phil Edwards   Producer,Engineer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Kent Judkins   Art Direction

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