Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band: Contemporary Classics
The vocal side of the era isn't forgotten. Byron Woods' hip style is heard on the tune made famous by Joe Williams "Alright, Okay, You Win" and then "Fly Me to the Moon". The latter features some Don Fagerquist like trumpet by Terry Connell in that it focuses on being lyrical rather than technically daring. Connell saves his high note exercise for "Begin the Beguine".
The same elements which characterize a Bill O'Connell session, interesting charts, tight ensemble playing and wonderful dynamics are found here on this latest release, with O'Connell presiding from behind the drum set. Very much recommended.
Track Listing: In the Mood; Things Ain't What They Used to Be; Mack the Knife; Who Can I Turn To?; Begin the Beguine; In a Mellow Tone; Stardust; Which Craft; Alright, Okay, You win; Fly Me to the Moon; Shiny Stockings; April in Paris; Opus One; String of Pearls; Sing Sing Sing; Take the "A" Train
Personnel: Bill O'Connell - Drums; Bill Horn - Alto Sax/Clarinet; Jon Irabagon - Alto Sax; Bob Frankich, Frank Catalano - Tenor Sax; Chip Gdalman - Baritone Sax; Mike Joyce, Rich Latka, Tom Stark, Matt McDonald, Rich Moss - Trombone; Brad Payne - Bass Trombone; Terry Connell, Jim Peterson, B. J. Levy, Ben Clark - Trumpet; Reid Spears - Piano; Steve Hashimoto - Bass; Byron Woods - Vocals; Will Koch - Conductor
Record Label: Blue Birdland Records
Style: Big Band