Rob McConnell The Brass Is Back
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- by Rob McConnell ~ Don't Get Around Much Anymore ~ $10.78
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- Released: July 26, 2004
- Label: Concord Records
- 2.All The Things You Are
- 3.Love Of My Life
- 4.Who Asked
- 5.Slow Grind
- 6.Winter In Winnipeg
- 7.Days Gone By
- 8.Them There Eyes
Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass: Rob McConnell (valve trombone), Moe Koffman, John Johnson (soprano & alto saxophones, flute, clarinet), Eugene Amaro (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet), Rick Wilkins (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Bob Leonard (baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet), Arnie Chycosski, Steve McDade, John MacLeod, Guido Basso (trumpet, flugelhorn), Dave Woods (trumpet), Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (trombone), Ernie Pattison (trombone, bass), Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (French horn), Don Thompson (piano), Ed Bickert (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums), Brian Leonard (percussion).
Personnel: Rob McConnell (trombone, valve trombone); Ed Bickert (vocals, guitar); Moe Koffman (vocals, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Eugene Amaro (vocals, flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Rick Wilkins (vocals, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Guido Basso, John MacLeod (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Bob Livingston, Ian McDougall (vocals, trombone); Don Thompson (vocals, piano); Steve Wallace (vocals); Bob Leonard (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); John Johnson (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Arnie Chycoski, Dave Woods, Steve McDade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (French horn); Ernie Pattison (trombone, bass trombone); Jerry Johnson (trombone); Terry Clarke (drums); Brian Leonard (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Phil Sheridan.
Liner Note Author: Rob McConnell.
Recording information: Manta Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada (01/28/1991-01/29/1991).
Arrangers: Rick Wilkins; Rob McConnell.
Rob McConnell's Boss Brass had not recorded since 1986 when they made this 1991 release. The leader had spent a year living in California, teaching at the Grove School, and the band was on hiatus. That all changed in late 1990 when McConnell returned to Toronto and brought back the Boss Brass, using similar personnel as he had earlier. The first comeback record is on the same level as the Boss Brass' earlier recordings, featuring such players as guitarist Ed Bickert (on Horace Silver's "Strollin'"); saxophonists Moe Koffman, Eugene Amaro, and Rick Wilkins; and trumpeters Guido Basso (featured on "Love of My Life") and John McLeod. Standards alternate with originals (including McConnell's "Winter in Winnipeg") and obscurities. A fine big band album. ~ Scott Yanow
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