This ensemble lead by UK expatriate Keith Ingham patterns itself on those outstanding combos which let the Bop revolution pass them by and stayed with refined swing. The Manhattan Swingtet finds its inspiration in groups led by Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Tiny Grimes, Ike Quebec, and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Perhaps the Ingham group is a bit more suave than these groups with its swing a bit more sophisticated. Even on tunes where the title hints at some wild things to come, there's a touch of restraint as on "Celestial Boogie" where Ingham moves over to the small upright celeste. But the group does let its hair down on some tracks as on the title tune "We're in the Money" when Peter Ecklund's playful trumpet leads the way. In contrast, "A Room with a View" returns to a less hectic setting with Bobby Gordon's middle register clarinet out front and once again Ingham being aristocratic on the celeste. Although euphonious throughout the session, songs like "Mighty Like the Blues" reveal the essence of melodic harmony as Gordon and Ecklund engage in musical byplay that can only be characterized as angelic. Tunes like "Gee, But You're Swell" and "Comes Love" conjures up images of cordial times over drinks at a swank New York lounge. In addition to Gordon and Ecklund oft recorded guitarist Chris Flory makes a major contribution on such cuts as "Indian Summer".
Ingham may be better known to many for his accompanying skill. He was musical director for fine singer Susannah McCorkle and backed such singers as Maxine Sullivan and Joyce Breach. But during his active and varied career, he also recorded with Bob Wilbur, Bud Freeman and the World's Greatest Band. So he is very much at home in a small group setting as this album so entertainingly demonstrates. Coming up with just the right mix of up and medium tempo material and ballads, along with a blues number or two, We're in the Money is jazz at its cosmopolitan best.Recommended.
Track Listing: We're in the Money; Where Have You Been?; The Image of You; Mighty Like the Blues; Every Now and Then; Lulu's Back in Town; Pastel Blue; She Didn't Say Yes; Celestial Boogie; Comes Love; I Must Be Dreaming; Gee, But You're Swell; A Room with a View; Solid Old Man; Let's Get Lost; Indian Summer; Peggy
Personnel: Keith Ingham - Piano/Celeste; Bobby Gordon - Clarinet; Peter Ecklund - Trumpet; Chris Flory - Guitar; Murray Wall - Bass; Steve Little -Drums
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.