Kevin Mahogany (w/WDR Big Band, Knepper, McPherson, Mackrel): Pussy Cat Dues (The Music Of Charles Mingus)
The “WDR” Big Band stretches in laudable fashion on the twenty-minute “Mingus Medley” featuring Bill Dobbins’ bold, brassy arrangements of “Boogie Stop Shuffle”, “Jelly Roll”, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and “Better Git Hit In Your Soul”. Through it all, McPherson and Knepper take their fare share of soloing opportunities as the proceedings and overall production works out rather well. However, Mahogany’s refined elegance provides the winning edge as he extracts the inherent harmonies, hooks and melodies out of these revered Mingus classics.
* * * ½ (out of * * * * *)
Kevin Mahogany; Vocals: Charles McPherson; Alto Saxophone: Jimmy Knepper; Trombone: Dennis Mackrel; Drums: The
Record Label: Enja Records