The John Fick Southern California Jazz Company Featuring Vocalist Michie Sahara: Open for Business: Jazz Jazz Jazz
As good as the solos are, the ensemble work is more impressive. The band strikes just the right balance between tight and loose. They are tight in the sense that they are well disciplined and rehearsed, but not so tense as to be up tight. Also they understand a band is not judged by how loud it can play, but how it swings. If swinging were money, these guys would all be rich. This is another very good big band release by Sea Breeze and is recommended.
Track Listing: On Green Dolphin Street; Over the Rainbow; Send in the Clowns*; I'm all Smiles; I Thought About You; Stella by Starlight; As Time Goes By*; You Took Advantage of Me; Laura; Los Gringos; Stompin' at the Savoy*; Slow Boat to China; Summer of `42; Pull out all the Stops
Personnel: John Fick - Leader/Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Bobby Burns, Steve Stassi, Michael Fleming, Jack Feierman - Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Dave Woodley, Bob Galeotti. Michael McCully, Steve Ferguson - Trombone; Jim Quam - Alto & Soprano Sax/Flute; Corky Long - Alto Sax/Clarinet/Flute; Tony Garcia, Lance Rickman - Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Flute; Larry Dougherty - Baritone Sax/Flute; Alan Oldfield, Bill Fulton - Piano; Mike Flick - Bass; Ray Frisby - Drums; Joe Kearney - Guitar; Michie Sahara* - Vocals
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Style: Big Band