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Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16

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Speaking of soloists, Tegler has a number of fluent improvisers, most notably trumpeters Kenny McGee, Randy Reinhart and Vince McCool; clarinetist Joe Midiri, alto Marty Nau, tenors Scott Silbert (channeling Zoot Sims on "That's It!") and Don Lerman (alto solos on "Ingie Speaks" and "John's Idea"), baritone Leigh Pilzer and trombonist Paul Midiri (vibes solos on "Goodnight My Love" and "Keeper of the Flame"). Tegler, bassist Tommy Cecil, guitarist Tommy Mitchell (seven numbers) and pianists Larry Eanet or Robert Redd comprise a solid rhythm section. For big band lovers of every age, background and persuasion.

Dutch Swing College Band

My Inspiration

Pink Records

2010

When the Dutch Swing College Band was formed in 1945, World War II was still being fought in the Pacific and bebop was in its infancy. Some 66 years on, the DSCB is still doing its thing, touring European cities, recording new albums (at least twenty-eight so far), and most of all, swinging in a style made popular in the 1920s and '30s. In other words, this is plain-spoken Dixieland jazz, performed with dexterity and enthusiasm by a well-seasoned group whose lineup seldom changes.

The band (actually an octet) was led for 45 years by its founder, clarinetist Peter Schilperoort, who died in 1990. Since then, the DSCB has been led by another clarinetist, Bob Kaper, who joined the band in 1967. A glance at some of the song titles on My Inspiration—"Limehouse Blues," "China Boy," "My Gal Sal," "Royal Garden Blues"—exposes decisive evidence of what the band is about. Also on the enticing menu are a pair of compositions by Lil Hardin Armstrong (Armstrong), "Tears" and "Perdido Street Blues," the first co-written with her then-husband, Louis, and others by Bob Haggart ("My Inspiration"), Bronislau Kaper ("Somewhere Somehow"), Django Reinhardt ("Nuages") and the Hollywood songwriting team of Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn ("I've Heard That Song Before").

Kaper, who plays alto sax as well as clarinet, sings on "My Gal Sal," which some may recall from the old Jackie Gleason television show, while guitarist and banjoist Ton van Bergeijk does likewise on "I Wish I Were Twins" and "I Wish I Was in Peoria." Elsewhere, all is instrumental, and all is charming, especially the fast-paced "China Boy" and "Limehouse Blues," amiable "Tears," plaintive "Inspiration" and trumpeter Bert de Koort's breezy original, "Jumpin' at Sesjun." Throughout, ensemble work and solos are as admirable as the handiwork of any comparable band, here at home or abroad.

After all these years there's still a large and loyal audience for the music embraced by the DSCB, which is doing its part to ensure its longevity. Those who appreciate trad jazz should have no trouble warming to My Inspiration.

Tracks and Personnel

Guys & Dolls

Tracks: Fugue for Tinhorns; Follow the Fold; The Oldest Established; I'll Know; Pet Me Poppa; Adelaide's Lament; Guys & Dolls; Adelaide; If I Were a Bell; A Woman in Love; Take Back Your Mink; Luck Be a Lady; Sue Me / Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat.

Personnel: Ed Puddick: leader, arranger; Noel Langley: trumpet, flugelhorn; Nick Smart: trumpet, flugelhorn (1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11-13); Percy Pursglove: trumpet, flugelhorn; Andy Gathercole: trumpet, flugelhorn (4, 7, 10); Sam Bullard: alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute; George Crowley: tenor sax, clarinet; Dan Faulkner: tenor sax; Claire McInerney: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Jim Rattigan: French horn; Simon Walker: trombone; Mike Feltham: trombone; Andy Lester: bass trombone, tuba; Chris Allard: guitar; Bethan Jones: xylophone, glockenspiel; Ryan Trebilcock: bass; Richard Barr: drums.

Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers

Tracks: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Careless Love; Three Jazzy Blind Mice; Itsy Bitsy Spider; Work Songs Medley; Silver Dagger; Three Cool Blind Mice; Cindy / Li'l Liza Jane; Billy Boy; Frankie and Johnny; This Old Man; The Boating Medley.

Personnel: Frank Macchia: leader, arranger, tenor sax, flute, bass flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, contra bass clarinet, melodica, organ, vocal (11); Wayne Bergeron: trumpet, flugelhorn; Valarie King: piccolo, flute, bass flute; Sal Lozano: alto sax, flute, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, contra alto clarinet; Bob Sheppard: soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet; Jay Mason: baritone sax, soprano sax, bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet, English horn; Alex Iles; trombone, baritone flute; Kevin Porter: trombone, bass trombone, baritone horn; Bill Reichenbach: trombone, bass trombone, baritone horn, bass trumpet, tuba; Tom Ranier: piano; Grant Geissman: electric guitar; Michael Hatfield: vibraphone, marimba, bass marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, tambourine, shaker; Trey Henry: bass; Peter Erskine: drums. Special guests—Tierney Sutton, vocal (6); Ellis Hall: vocal (2).

Play That Thing

Tracks: Maiden Voyage; Play That Thing; Dawn to Dawn in the City; Quascau; Prince of Darkness; Gonna Getcha; Things Aren't What They Seem; Stompin' at the Savoy.

Personnel: Rick Wald: leader, composer, arranger, guitar; Earl Gardner: trumpet; Seneca Black: trumpet; John Eckert: trumpet; Jack Walrath: trumpet; Lou Marini: alto, soprano sax, flutes; Loren Stillman: alto sax, flute; Ted Nash: tenor sax, flute; Adam Kolker: tenor sax, clarinet; Terry Goss: baritone sax, bass clarinet; Sam Burtis: trombone; Noah Bless: trombone; Art Baron: trombone; George Flynn: bass trombone; Ted Kooshian: piano; Chip Jackson: bass; Dennis Irwin: bass (5); Jeff Brillinger: drums.

That's It!

Tracks: That's It!; Ingie Speaks; Goodnight My Love; John's Idea; Jack the Bear; The Glider; Now I Know; Gypsy Mood; Slow Freight; Pussy Willow; Keeper of the Flame; If Dreams Come True; Sweetie Cakes; Hiya Sue; I Have Eyes; Snafu Jump; Such Sweet Thunder; All Right, Okay, You Win.

Personnel: Brooks Tegler: leader, drums; Kenny McGee: trumpet; Randy Reinhardt: trumpet (1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16-18); Marc Weigel: trumpet; Vince McCool: trumpet (3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15); Paul duBois: trumpet (7, 8, 13, 16, 17); Clyde Hunt: trumpet (13); Joe Midiri: clarinet (3, 6, 11, 12, 15); Marty Nau: alto sax; Bill Mulligan: alto sax (1, 3, 5-8, 10, 11, 13, 15-18); Leigh Pilzer: alto sax (9, 12), baritone sax (3, 5, 6, 11); Scott Silbert: tenor sax, clarinet (5); Don Lerman: tenor sax, alto sax (2, 4); Jeff Suzda: baritone sax (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16-18); John Doughten: tenor sax (4, 13), baritone sax (10); Bruce Swaim: tenor sax (18); John Jensen: trombone; Jay Gibble: trombone; Jen Krupa: trombone (1, 3-11, 13-18); Paul Midiri: trombone (3, 6, 11, 12, 15); Jim Lester: trombone (7, 13, 16, 18); Larry Eanet: piano (3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15); Robert Redd: piano (1, 2, 4, 7-10, 13, 16-18), trumpet (3, 6, 11, 15); Tom Mitchell: guitar (2-4, 9, 12, 13, 15); Tommy Cecil: bass.

My Inspiration

Tracks: Tears; Perdido Street Blues; The Chant; My Inspiration; My Gal Sal; Somewhere Somehow; Limehouse Blues; I Wish I Were Twins; China Boy; Jumpin' at Sesjun; Nuages; Royal Garden Blues; I've Heard That Song Before; I Wish I Was in Peoria.

Personnel: Bob Kaper: clarinet, alto sax, vocals; Frits Kaatee: clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax, baritone sax; Bert de Kort: trumpet; George Kaatee: trombone; Marcel Hendricks: piano; Ton van Bergeijk: banjo, guitar, vocals; Adrie Braat: bass; Han Brink: drums.

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