Digital Big Band Bash
by Various Artists
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- Released: November 23, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Grp Records
- 1.In the Mood - Glenn Miller
- 2.Jive at Five - Rob McConnell
- 3.Everyday - Diane Schuur
- 4.Sister Sadie - GRP All-Star Big Band
- 5.Move - Gerry Mulligan
- 6.Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Duke Ellington Orchestra
- 7.Walkin' - Quincy Jones
- 8.When Love Comes to Town - B.B. King / The Phillip Morris Superband
Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Diane Schuur (vocals); Ed Bickert, Freddie Green, Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Moe Koffman (flute, piccolo, saxophone); Nelson Rangell (flute, piccolo, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Rick Wilkins, Jerry Toth (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Bob Mintzer (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Eugene Amaro (flute, saxophone); Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Eddie Daniels, Herman Riley, Walter Levinsky, Charles Owens (clarinet, saxophone); Bob Leonard (bass clarinet, saxophone); Morty Lewis, Phil Bodner (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kenny Hing, Danny Turner , Eric Dixon , Danny House, Jeff Clayton , Norris Turney, Plas Johnson , Ralph Moore, Sol Schlinger, Gary Smulyan, John Williams , Billy Slapin (saxophone); Tom Scott (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Bunny Bardach, Frank Foster , Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan, Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Arnie Chycoski, Ernie Royal, Irvin "Marky" Markowitz, Glen Drews, Joe Mossello, Guido Basso, Bob Ojeda, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Erich Traugott, Dave Woods, James Morrison , Joe Wilder, John MacLeod, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Melton Mustafa, Randy Brecker, Sal Marquez, Art Farmer, Wallace Roney, Barry Hall, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Maxwell, Sonny Cohn, John Frosk, Ron Tooley, Byron Stripling (trumpet); John Clark (French horn); Clarence Banks, Sonny Russo, Mel Wanzo, George Bohannon, Dave Bargeron, Frank Rehak, Ron Hughes, George Masso, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Dennis Wilson , Jimmy Cleveland, Al Grey, Rob McConnell, Robin Eubanks, Urbie Green, Wayne Andre, Bill Hughes , Chuck Connors, Paul Faulise, Britt Woodman (trombone); Billy Barber (tuba); John Lewis, Gene Harris, Hank Jones , Jimmy Dale , Kenny Kirkland, Roland Hanna, Bernie Leighton (piano); Dave Weckl, Dennis Mackrel, Ronald Zito, Terry Clarke , Louie Bellson, Ron Vincent, Harold Jones , Charlie Persip (drums); Brian Leonard (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Bud Katzel.
Directors: Andy Baltimore; Sonny Mediana; Larry O'Brien.
Unknown Contributor Role: Sharon Franklin.
Arrangers: Michael Abene; Rob McConnell.
This ten-track set not only has a slightly odd title, it also includes a slightly random group of selections, and while it is nice to hear the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "In the Mood," the Duke Ellington Orchestra's "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me," and Quincy Jones' "Walkin'," one can't help but wonder exactly what the connection is, especially when one throws B.B. King's big-band jump blues piece "When Love Comes to Town" into the mix. The end result is pleasant enough, but a general lack of contextual focus keeps Digital Big Band Bash! from being particularly compelling as a collection, and it certainly doesn't feel like that big of a bash. ~ Steve Leggett
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