Full performer name: Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops Big Band Orchestra.
Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops includes: Erich Kunzel (conductor); Timothy Berens (guitar); David Edwards (alto saxophone); Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone); Rich Baptist, Randy Sandke (trumpet); Jim Pugh (trombone); Julie Spangler (piano); Don Baldini (bass); Michael Berkowitz (drums).
Engineers: Jack Renner, Michael Bishop, Robert Friedrich.
Recorded at The Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio on March 8, 1999. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
Personnel: Tim Berens (guitar); David Edwards (alto saxophone); Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone); Randy Sandke , Rick Baptist (trumpet); Jim Pugh (trombone); Julie Spangler (piano); Rich Jensen (vibraphone); Mike Berkowitz (drums).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH (03/08/1999).
Editor: Ester Luna.
Photographer: Jeanene D. Tiner.
Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound features Riddle arrangements of swinging pop standards performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kunzel. While Riddle made his name mostly by arranging for some of the most popular vocalists of the '50s, these versions are entirely instrumental; still, they do give a good idea of why Riddle's skills were in such high demand -- the music here is bright and cool, accessible to youthful hipsters and older fans of sweeter, more straight-ahead pop alike. Tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski and trombonist Jim Pugh lead the instrumental soloists replacing the vocalists, and they do a fine job. ~ Steve Huey