The Tonight Show Band: Doc Severinsen (trumpet, flugelhorn, conductor); Don Ashworth (soprano & bass saxophones, flute, clarinet); Tommy Newsom, John Bambridge (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Pete Christlieb, Tom Peterson (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Chuck Findley, Snooky Young, Conti Candoli, Frank Szabo, Oscar Brashear, Maurey Harris (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gil Falco, Bruce Paulson, Michael Daigeau (trombone); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Ross Tompkins, Ralph Sharon (piano); Tom Rizzo (guitar); Joel DiBartolo (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Additonal personnel: Tony Bennett (vocals); Wynton Marsalis (trumpet).
Engineers: Hank Cicalo, Al Schmidt, Phil Magnotti.
Recorded at Group IV Recording and Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California and Soundtrack, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Doc Severinsen.
Personnel: Doc Severinsen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tony Bennett (vocals); Tom Rizzo (guitar); Donald Ashworth (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, bass saxophone); John Bambridge, Tommy Newsom (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Pete Christlieb, Tom Peterson (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Chuck Findley, Conte Candoli, Maurey Harris, Snooky Young, Frank Szabo (trumpet, flugelhorn); Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Mike Daigeau, Gilbert Falco, Bruce Paulson (trombone); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Ralph Sharon, Ross Tompkins (piano); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Audio Mixer: Hank Cicalo.
Recording information: Group IV Recording, Hollywood, CA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA.
Arrangers: Mike Barone; John Bambridge; Tommy Newsom; Walter Levinsky; Bill Holman.
Of the Tonight Show Band's three Amherst CDs, this is the most highly recommended one. The repertoire is fresher than the songs featured on the two earlier releases and, in addition to the usual swing-era standards, such tunes as Tommy Newsom's "Three Shades of Blue" and Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" are included. Guest appearances by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis ("Avalon") and singer Tony Bennett ("I Can't Get Started") add some variety, the arrangements (mostly by the innovative Bill Holman and Tommy Newsom) are generally colorful, and the band (featuring such soloists as trumpeters Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, and Conte Candoli; tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb; and pianist Ross Tompkins) sounds in prime form. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow