- Released: September 12, 1995
- Label: RCA
- 1.Artistry in Rhythm
- 2.Blue Rondo a la Turk
- 3.Back Home in Indiana
- 4.Night and Day
- 5.Round About Midnight
- 6.At the Woodchopper's Ball
- 7.The Lady Is a Tramp
- 8.Sugar Blues
- 9.The Man I Love
- 10.Whatever Happened to the Dream
- 11.Concierto de Aranjuez
- 12.I Found Love
- 13.Ellington Medley: Mood Indigo / Dont Get Around Much Anymore / Take The "A" Train
- 14.One O'Clock Jump
Canadian Brass: Frederic Mills, Ronald Romm (trumpet); David Ohanian (French horn); Eugene Watts (trombone); Charles Daellenbach (tuba).
Zoot Sims Quartet: Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Gerry Wiggins (piano); Pierre Michelot (bass); Kenny Clarke (drums).
Gerry Mulligan Quartet: Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Red Mitchell (bass); Frank Isola (drums).
Additional personnel: Gene Bertoncini, Joe Taylor (guitar); Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Natalie Cenovia Cummins, Karen Karlsrud, Evan Johnson (violin); Crystal Garner (viola); Maria Kitsopoulos (cello); Lawrence Feldman (flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone); Chuck Wilson (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Dave Tofani (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Roger Rosenberg (flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Richard Stoltzman (clarinet); Ken Hitchcock (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone); Rick Baptiste, Tony Kadleck, Neal Balm, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Jeff Lang, Peter Gordon, Bob Carlise (French horn); Keith O'Quinn, Larry Farrell (trombone); Paul Faulise (bass trombone); Dick Hyman (piano); Warren Bernhardt (piano, keyboards); John Miller, Pierre Michelot (bass); Ronnie Zito, Ed Shaughnessy (drums); Gordon Gottlieb, Joe Passaro (percussion).
Engineers: Jay Newland, Dominick Barbera.
Recorded at Sountrack Studio A and Clinton Studio A, New York, New York in April 1995. Includes liner notes by Don Sebesky, Luther Henderson and Chris Dedrick.
The Zoot Sims Quartet, Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Roy Eldridge recordings used on SWINGTIME! date from the 1950s. Canadian Brass created new arrangements by overdubbing parts onto existing recordings of "Night And Day" by Zoot Sims (recorded in 1950), "The Lady Is A Tramp" by Gerry Mulligan (June 3, 1954) and "The Man I Love" by Roy Eldridge (June 9, 1950).
This is an odd if mostly intriguing set by the Canadian Brass, which is comprised of two trumpets, trombone, French horn, and tuba. On most of the selections, they are joined by a full band that includes keyboardist Warren Bernhardt, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, up to 11 additional horns (arranged by Don Sebesky), and even occasionally six-strings. The inventive arrangements make such songs as "Blue Rondo a la Turk," "Indiana," "At the Woodchopper's Ball," and "One O'Clock Jump" quite colorful and full of surprises. It is particularly odd that there are three selections that have the Canadian Brass adding their parts to historic recordings: Zoot Sims in 1950 playing "Night and Day," the 1954 Gerry Mulligan Quartet on "The Lady Is a Tramp," and Roy Eldridge in 1950 jamming "The Man I Love." The Canadian Brass' harmonized parts somehow blend right in with the earlier recordings, accentuating the playing of the main soloists. All in all, this is a fascinating release, one of the best by the good-humored ensemble. ~ Scott Yanow