Blue Wisp Big Band: 20th Anniversary
"Well, You Needn't" swings hard. Baritone sax man Larry Dickson and trumpeter Al Nori provide exciting solos. But it's Dickson's inclusion of a few Baroque choruses for the whole band that sets this one apart. The compositions are by Jim Hall, J.J. Johnson, Chick Corea, Bob Brookmeyer, and others. Clare Fischer's "Morning" adds a Latin jazz infusion to the program and highlights the superb piano artistry of Steve Schmidt. No wonder this band keeps on going. Johnny Coles' "Funk Dumplin'" swings deliberately with power and provides another clear reason why these gentlemen love their work so much.
Track Listing: Winding Way; Show-Type Tune; Well, You Needn't; Lament; Tones for Joan's Bones; Funk Dumplin'; Waltz New; Straight Track; Hum; Morning; Forgotten Memories; Just in Time.
Personnel: Mike Andres- alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute on "Forgotten Memories;" Jim Sherrick- alto saxophone, flute on "Forgotten Memories;" Herb Aronoff, Joe Gaudio- tenor saxophone, clarinet on "Forgotten Memories;" Larry Dickson- baritone saxophone; Jeff Folkens, Kevin Moore, Jerry Conrad, Al Nori, Brad Goode- trumpet; Paul Piller, Clarence Pawn, Jim Pelz, Gary Langhorst- trombone; Steve Schmidt- piano; Mike Sharfe- bass; John Von Ohlen- drums.
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz