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- Released: June 21, 2004
- Label: Concord Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Changed the Rules - Peter Cincotti / Scott Kreitzer / Barak Mori
- 2.Sway - Peter Cincotti / Scott Kreitzer / Barak Mori
- 3.Ain't Misbehavin' - Peter Cincotti / Scott Kreitzer / Barak Mori
- 4.Moanin' - Danny Embrey / Gregg Field / Karrin Allyson
- 5.Little Boat - Danny Embrey / Gregg Field / Karrin Allyson
- 6.Charade - Gregg Field / Monica Mancini / Tom Scott / Dave Samuels
- 7.Day in the Life of a Fool, A - Gregg Field / Monica Mancini / Tom Scott / Dave Samuels
- 8.Dreamsville - Curtis Stigers / Gregg Field / Monica Mancini / Tom Scott / Dave Samuels
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Deedles' Blues - Diane Schuur / Gregg Field / WDR Big Band
- 2.Stay Away from Bill - Diane Schuur / Gregg Field / Karrin Allyson / WDR Big Band
- 3.Meet Me, Midnight - Diane Schuur / Gregg Field / WDR Big Band
- 4.Swingin' Down at 10th and Main - Curtis Stigers / Gregg Field / WDR Big Band
- 5.How Could a Man Take Such a Fall - Curtis Stigers / Gregg Field / WDR Big Band
- 6.Better Than Anything - Gregg Field / Nnenna Freelon / WDR Big Band
- 7.Lady Sings the Blues, The - Gregg Field / Nnenna Freelon / WDR Big Band
- 8.Out of This World - Gregg Field / Nnenna Freelon / WDR Big Band
- 9.You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) - Gregg Field / Patti Austin / WDR Big Band
- 10.Home Blues - Gregg Field / Patti Austin / WDR Big Band
- 11.How High the Moon - Gregg Field / Patti Austin / WDR Big Band / Cincotti / Allyson / Henry Mancini / Diane Schuur / Stig ers / Nnenna Freelon / Austin
- 12.How High the Moon (Encore) - WDR Big Band
Personnel: Koji Paul Shigihara, Danny Embrey (guitar); Scott Kreitzer, Tom Scott (saxophone); Harold Rosenstein, Heiner Wiberny (alto saxophone); Olivier Peters, Rolf R”mer (tenor saxophone); Jens Neufang (baritone saxophone); Rob Bruynen, John Marshall , Rick Kiefer, Klaus Osterloh, Andy Haderer (trumpet); Bernt Laukamp, Ludwig Nuss, Dave Horler (trombone); Mattis Cederberg (bass trombone); Frank Chastenier (piano); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Gregg Field (drums).
Audio Mixer: Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festivak (07/2003).
Arrangers: Gregg Field; Don Sebesky; Frank Foster; Bill Cunliff; Patrick Williams; Tom Scott; Jorge Calandrelli; Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra.
Concord Records celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a special concert at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival, featuring seven different singers from the label's roster. The young singing pianist Peter Cincotti, with his regular band in tow, sets the table with an upbeat performance, including original material ("I Changed the Rules") and a bossa nova ("Sway") as well as a humorous interpretation of "Ain't Misbehavin'." The seasoned singer Karrin Allyson is next, joined by pianist Frank Chastenier, bassist John Goldsby, guitarist Danny Embrey, and drummer Greg Field. The highlight of her set is her interpretation of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'." Monica Mancini's moving interpretation of Henry Mancini's (her father) "Charade" is backed by a brisk bossa nova rhythm, utilizing the identical band backing Allyson but adding vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Her funky take of her father's "Dreamsville" is a duet with Curtis Stigers. Diane Schuur is accompanied by the WDR Big Band. Schuur still overindulges herself with excessive screaming in her "Deedle's Blues," which distracts from her considerable capabilities. Two tunes by Barry Manilow, a friendly duet of "Stay Away from Bill" with Allyson and the swinging "Meet Me, Midnight," are better examples of her true skill. Curtis Stigers' set is one of two major weaknesses of the concert, though the WDR Big Band shines. His light vocals are an acquired taste, but sticking exclusively to performing two of his mediocre originals does not add to his appeal. Nnenna Freelon has become one of Concord's greatest singing stars. Backed by the WDR Big Band, she sets the audience afire with her updated treatment of "Better Than Everything." The gorgeous chart of Billie Holiday's "Lady Sings the Blues" well suits her voice. Patti Austin falls flat in her salute to the late Ella Fitzgerald, especially when she is compared against any of Ella's numerous recordings of "How High the Moon." The piece is reprised, with each of the singers taking turns, though Cincotti sticks to piano. The engineering is flawless throughout the CD, which is also available as a single DVD from Concord. ~ Ken Dryden