- Released: 1987
- Label: Amherst Records
- 1.In the Mood
- 2.The Jersey Bounce
- 3.Georgia on My Mind
- 4.The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
- 5.Air Mail Special
- 6.April in Paris
- 8.Take the "A" Train
- 9.Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
- 10.Serenade in Blue
- 11.Hamp's Boogie Woogie
- 12.Jumpin' at the Woodside
The Tonight Show Band: Doc Severinsen (leader, trumpet, flugelhorn); Tommy Newsom, Bill Perkins, John Bambridge (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Pete Christlieb, Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet), Don Ashworth (baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet); John Audino, Snooky Young, Conte Candoli, Maurey Harris (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gil Falco, Bruce Paulson (trombones); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Ross Tompkins (piano); Peter Woodford, Bob Bain (guitar); Joel Dibartolo (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California on October 6-8 and December 3, 1986.
Personnel: Doc Severinsen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Peter Woodford, Bob Bain (guitar); Donald Ashworth (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone); John Bambridge, Tommy Newsom, Bill Perkins (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone); Ernie Watts, Pete Christlieb (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Conte Candoli, Maurice Harris, Maurey Harris, Allen Vizzutti, Snooky Young, John Audino (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gilbert Falco, Bruce Paulson (trombone); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Ross Tompkins (piano); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Audio Mixers: Mick Guzauski; Daren Klein.
Recording information: Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (08/05/1986/08/07/1988).
Photographer: Brian D. McLaughlin.
Arrangers: John Bambridge; Jeff Tyzik; Tommy Newsom; Bill Holman.
The second of two long-overdue recordings by the Tonight Show Band has its moments, but its reliance on swing-era warhorses and the generally predictable arrangements (Bill Holman's reworkings of "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Serenade in Blue" are exceptions) are disappointments. However, there is some excellent solo space for trumpeters Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, and Conte Candoli; tenors Pete Christlieb and Ernie Watts; and pianist Ross Tompkins. Since this legendary big band recorded so little (just three albums for Amherst), all are worth picking up. ~ Scott Yanow