Plays the Arrangements of Gaylord Jones

Plays the Arrangements of Gaylord Jones

by Charlie MayCharlie May

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Overview

Hearing this fine aggregation from the very jazz-active Northwest section of the U.S. evokes many pleasant images. The medley of "Nearness of You" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" recalls a soft summer evening with the big band playing on an outdoor bandstand for swaying dancers at a small town's annual July 4th celebration. (The band uses the medley device quite effectively with some distinctive combinations of tunes.) At other times, there's the annual college prom when the band swings with killer diller arrangements. But for the most part, the music on this album leans more to the mellower side rather than pursuing high voltage pyrotechnics. Not Blue Barron saccharinely mellow by any means, but closer to Claude Thornhill than Stan Kenton. This softer is better approach reflects the arranging style of Gaylord Jones who has been in the music business for more than 50 years. Among his credits is a stint as band arranger for the Freddie Slack Orchestra and its fine singer Ella Mae Morse. He also wrote "Rifette" which gained some popularity during the swing era of the 1940s. The band is populated by excellent players -- among them the very fine multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas -- and is obviously well-rehearsed. The dynamics are there, but in a more subtle manner than one hears these days. It's nice to hear a big-band aggregation which doesn't feel it has to show musical macho by constantly blaring brass sections. Charlie May takes all the sax solos in the Zoot Sims/Stan Getz mode. He also does some vocalizing with a voice that falls somewhere between Bobby Darin and Louis Prima. He's heard to good effect on "Time After Time" and "Mack the Knife." The latter also features some of the best ensemble playing on the set. Little room is provided for other members of the band to solo, although Dave Peterson's guitar gets some individual licks in on "Perdido." Recorded before an appreciative and active live audience, this CD is an exhilarating without being overbearing 60 minutes of contemporary big-band swing. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2001
Label: Pony Boy
UPC: 0060325012621
catalogNumber: 50126
Rank: 216306

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie May   Primary Artist,Leader,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Jay Thomas   Trumpet
David Bentley   Trombone
Lance Buller   Trumpet
Jim Coile   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Holloway   Bass
Greg Metcalf   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Ramsay   Alto Saxophone
Greg Williamson   Drums
Dan Marcus   Trombone
All Star Big Band   Track Performer
Gary Shutes   Trombone
Jay Roulston   Trumpet
Dave Peterson   Guitar
John Hansen   Piano

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Steve Smith   Engineer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Greg Williamson   Producer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Charlie May   Executive Producer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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