Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass: Rob McConnell (valve trombone), Moe Koffman (flute, soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet), John Johnson (flute, clarinet, soprano & alto saxophones), Eugene Amaro (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone), Bob Leonard (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone), Rick Wilkins (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John MacLeod, Guido Basso, Dave Woods (trumpets, flugelhorns), Alastair Kay, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (trombones), Ernie Pattison (bass trombone), Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (French horns), Don Thompson (piano), Ed Bickert (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass), Terry Clarke (drums), Brian Leonard (percussion).
Personnel: Rob McConnell (valve trombone); Ed Bickert (guitar); Bob Leonard (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); John Johnson , John Johnson , Moe Koffman (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Eugene Amaro (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Rick Wilkins (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Arnie Chycoski, Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod, Steve McDade (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Pattison (flugelhorn, French horn); James MacDonald , Jim MacDonald (French horn); Ernie Pattison (trombone, bass trombone); Alastair Kay, Jerry Johnson , Bob Livingston (trombone); Don Thompson (piano); Terry Clarke (drums); Brian Leonard (percussion).
Audio Remixer: Phil Sheridan.
Liner Note Author: Rob McConnell.
Recording information: Eastern Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (03/29/1993/03/30/1993); Manta (03/29/1993/03/30/1993).
Photographer: Dave Fischer.
Arrangers: Rick Wilkins; Rob McConnell.
Rob McConnell's Boss Brass has produced 25 years of solid music-making, most of it in the swinging bebop tradition. The music on this Concord CD has more than its share of surprises, such as a bar of 3/4 put in one chorus of "4 B.C.," phrases "borrowed" from Bob Florence and inserted in "Riffs I Have Known," and an inventive version of "Flying Home." Among the other high points are trumpeter Guido Basso's feature on "Imagination," Eugene Amaro's tenor on "What Am I Here For," and a driving "Broadway." This solid effort is recommended to big band fans. ~ Scott Yanow