JazzTimes - 2/97, p.118
"...Cary's charts leave generous space for improvisations, while the through-composed sections sometimes recall the harmonic and rhythmic signatures of Beiderbecke, Ellington, and Basie....Cary did have an excellent ear for voicing and a flawless grasp of swinging time notation."
Composer: Dick Cary.
Personnel: Dick Cary (trumpet, electric piano); Dave Koonse (guitar); Lee Callett, Fred Cooper, Abe Most, Terry Harrington, Tommy Newsom (reeds); Dick Forest, Betty O'Hara, Bob Summers (trumpet); Dick Hamilton, Barrett O'Hara, Ernie Tack (trombone); Gene Estes, Jerry Lestock McKenzie (drums).
Liner Note Author: Floyd Levin.
Recording information: Dick Cary'S House, Sunland, CA (05/04/1993-08/10/1993); Sunland, CA (05/04/1993-08/10/1993).
Editor: Dick Hamilton.
Photographer: John Callahan.
Arranger: Dick Cary.
Dick Cary, best-known for being an original member of the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in 1947 and for his work as a major force on the 1950s Los Angeles Dixieland scene, led a rehearsal band on a regular basis every Tuesday night for over a decade. A prolific composer and arranger, Cary reportedly wrote over 1, 500 originals for his group even though the ensemble (generally around 12 pieces) rarely appeared in public. This 1996 CD, recorded less than a year before Cary's death, has 14 of his pieces which range from modern swing to "Fugue" and a couple of classical-oriented works. Most of the horns get some opportunities to solo (particularly clarinetist Abe Most) and there are some swinging pieces in the set. However the arrangements are surprisingly modern (particularly considering Cary's background) and quite original. It is as if bebop never existed and jazz, from a swing base, continued evolving steadily after 1940. Although "The Tueday Night Band" has continued rehearsing on a regular basis after its leader's death, it is fortunate that they did record these sessions while Dick Cary was still around to supervise. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow