Rob McConnell Even Canadians Get the Blues
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- Released: September 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - 2/97, p.119"...one of the best big bands of our time."
- 1.Blue Tag
- 2.Even Canadians Get the Blues
- 3.The Clarinet Is Black and Blue
- 4.Do You Mean It?
- 5.Blue Hodge
- 6.Sixth Sense
- 7.The Countless Blues
- 8.The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue
- 9.O Canada
Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass: Rob McConnell (valve trombone); Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John McLeod, Guido Basso, Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn); Alastair Kay, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnston, Ernie Pattison (trombone); Gary Pattison, James McDonald (French horn); Moe Koffman, John Johnson, Alex Dean, Rick Wilkins, Bob Leonard (woodwinds); David Restivo (piano); Ed Bickert (guitar); Jim Vivian (bass); Ted Warren (drums).
EVEN CANADIANS GET THE BLUES was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance.
Personnel: Rob McConnell (trombone, valve trombone); Ed Bickert (guitar); John Johnson , Moe Koffman (flute, piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Bob Leonard (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Alex Dean (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Rick Wilkins (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Arnie Chycoski, John B. McLeod, Guido Basso, Steve McDade, Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (French horn); Ernie Pattison (trombone, bass trombone); Alastair Kay, Bob Livingston (trombone); Dave Restivo (piano); Ted Warren (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Recording information: Dome Audio & Video Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Canad (04/23/1996-04/24/1996).
Photographer: Don Vickery.
Unknown Contributor Role: Don Vickery.
Arrangers: Rick Wilkins; Rob McConnell; Ian McDougall.
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass tackle a mostly blues-oriented program for these 1996 sessions, with five originals by the leader, in addition to tunes by others. "Even Canadians Get the Blues" is a lively shout-type tune in the mold of Woody Herman's big band showcasing trumpeter Steve McDade and tenor saxophonist Alex Dean. While "The Clarinet Is Black and Blue" isn't technically a blues, it has a bluesy air, with Moe Koffman's melancholy clarinet backed by the lush ensembles, which often include a choir of four additional clarinets. Boss Brass alum Ian McDougall contributed the breezy blues "Do You Mean It?," which puts the spotlight on pianist Dave Restivo, fl�gelhornist John McLeod, and alto saxophonist John Johnson. The upbeat "The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue" adds guest Doug Riley on organ, while the date closes with a brief, lush rendition of the Canadian National Anthem, "O Canada." McConnell's liner notes are often amusing, as is his cover photo pose as a drunken Canadian Mountie passed out draped over a piano. ~ Ken Dryden
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