108

Nancie Banks Orchestra: Out of It

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Nancie Banks Orchestra: Out of It Out of It, recorded in January 2001, is the fourth—and I'm unhappy to report, the last—album by the New York-based Nancie Banks Orchestra. Banks died less than two years later, in November '02, at the too-young age of fifty-one. Her husband, trombonist Clarence Banks, is in the section on this album, as he was on the previous three. Ironically, Out of It is dedicated to the memory of several friends who had passed on, including saxophonist Harold Vick, who composed two numbers, "Vicksville and "Out of It/Still Out of It (lyrics to the last by Nancie). The other dedicatees are Thad Jones, Joe Williams, Joe Knight, Roberta Davis, Leone Thomas, Eddie Jefferson and mentors Alberto Socarras and Edward Boatner.

"Vicksville, which opens the album (after pianist Terence Conley's kids, eight-year-old Brandon and three-year-old Joralyssa, shout "Bird Lives! in Spanish and French), is a mid-tempo blues that bounces easily along behind breezy solos by Clarence Banks, tenor Marshall McDonald, bassist Michael Max Fleming and guest trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater. Nancie Banks makes the first of her five vocal appearances on "All of Me, smartly arranged by the late Thad Jones. She's also heard on Bridgewater's arrangement of Vick's boppish "Out of It, Frank Foster's familiar "Shiny Stockings (lyrics by Ella Fitzgerald), Doug Miller's arrangement of Fats Waller's blues "That Ain't Right, and her own chart of Billy Strayhorn's placid "Chelsea Bridge coupled with "Victoria Bridge. Banks has a pleasant voice, sings with a lot of heart and is (was) quite charming in a generic sort of way.

Besides "Vicksville, the instrumentals are Thad Jones' playful "Greetings and Salutations and Dizzy Gillespie's flag-waving finale, "Bebop. Drummer Brian Grice solos on the former with Bridgewater and tenor Wayne Escoffery, on the latter with trombonist Stafford Hunter, alto Brad Leali and trumpeter James Zollar. Although Clarence Banks says Out of It was slapped together in a hurry, it's an above-average rush job by any measure, and the ensemble seems neither hurried, unprepared nor dispassionate. The recording quality is good, playing time (49:44) respectable if not overly generous. In the end, one's pleasure may rest on his or her fondness for Banks's vocal talents, as the orchestra itself offers scant cause for censure.

Visit Nancie Banks on the web.


Track Listing: Viva Bird!; Vicksville; All of Me; Out of It; Still Out of It; Chelsea Bridge / Victoria Bridge; Greetings and Salutations; Shiny Stockings; That Aint Right; Bebop (49:44).

Personnel: Nancie Banks: conductor, vocals; Rick Henly, Marty Bound, Lukas Froelich, James Zollar: trumpet; Enrique Fernandez, Brad Leali: alto sax, flute; Marshall McDonald: tenor sax, clarinet; Wayne Escoffery: tenor sax, flute; Irwin Snow: baritone sax; John Gordon, Clarence Banks, Stafford Hunter, Aaron A.J. Johnson: trombone; Jack Jeffers: tuba; Terence Conley: piano; Michael Max Fleming: bass; Brian Grice: drums. Guest trumpet soloist: Cecil Bridgewater.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: GFI Records | Style: Big Band


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dave Wayne
Published: October 9, 2016
Read "Fellowship" CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Resiliency" CD/LP/Track Review Resiliency
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 18, 2016
Read "Forest Grove" CD/LP/Track Review Forest Grove
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 26, 2016
Read "The BBC Sessions Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review The BBC Sessions Vol. 1
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Reunion" CD/LP/Track Review Reunion
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!