Recorded between 1986 and 1998.
This is part of Concord Jazz's Concord Jazz Heritage Series.
Personnel: Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky (guitar); Moe Koffman (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Jerry Toth (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Eugene Amaro, Alex Dean (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bob Leonard (flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone); Rick Wilkins (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Arnie Chycoski, Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod, Steve McDade, Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Pattison, James MacDonald , George Stimpson (French horn); Alastair Kay, Jerry Johnson , Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (trombone); Don Thompson , Jimmy Dale (piano); Ted Warren, Jerry Fuller, Terry Clarke (drums); Brian Leonard (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Phil Edwards ; Phil Sheridan.
Recording information: Dome Audio Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/1977-05/1986); Eastern Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/1977-05/1986); Manta (05/1977-05/1986); Sounds Inter (05/1977-05/1986).
Arranger: Rob McConnell.
After debuting on Concord backing Mel Torm‚ in 1986, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass started recording regularly for the label. For this 1998 CD sampler, the Boss Brass are heard on eight selections from as many different albums. McConnell's arrangements were always a bit conservative, but swinging and surprising in their own subtle ways. Surprisingly for a sampler, several of the numbers on this CD are fairly lengthy, including the nearly 12-minute "Strike Up the Band" and a ten-and-a-half-minute "The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blues." Among the key soloists are tenor saxophonists Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, and Alex Dean; fl쳌gelhornist Guido Basso; altoist Moe Koffman; guitarist Ed Bickert; and McConnell himself on valve trombone. The closing "Just Friends" is from the Torm‚ record and wraps up this fine sampling of the Boss Brass' music quite nicely. ~ Scott Yanow