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A Multitude of Stars

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Top and Bottom
    2. Elijah
    3. Backwater Blues
    4. The Man I Love/I Loves You, Porgy: The Man I Love / I Love You, Porgy
    5. Just an Old Manuscript
    6. Cherry
    7. Honeysuckle Rose
    8. Tambourine (Tangerinie)
    9. Shall We Dance
    10. Farewell Blues
    11. Corner Pocket
    12. Why Do I Love You?
    13. Shiny Stockings
    0. DISC 2:
    1. If I Had You
    2. Love Me or Leave Me
    3. Medley: New Orleans/These Foolish Things/Poor Butterfly/Street of ...: New Orleans / These Foolish Things / Poor Butterfly / Street Of Dreams
    4. Fascinating Rhythm
    5. My Shining Star
    6. There Will Never Be Another You
    7. Isn't It Romantic?
    8. Here's That Rainy Day
    9. I'm Growing Young With You
    10. Emily
    11. I Hear Music
    12. Rockin' Chair
    13. Just You, Just Me
    14. Bags' Groove
    15. Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 202

  • Credits
    ProducerMat Domber; Rachel Domber; Rachel & Mat Domber
    EngineerJim Czak

    Personnel: Carrie Smith (vocals); Clark Terry, Joe Wilder (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn); Don Sickler, Ed Polcer, Warren Vach (trumpet, cornet); Earl May, Jay Leonhart, Keter Betts, Bob Cranshaw (double bass); Johnny Frigo (vocals, violin); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, alto saxophone); Kenny Davern, Buddy DeFranco (clarinet); Frank Wess, Houston Person, Red Holloway, Bob Kindred (tenor saxophone); George Masso, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Powell (trombone); Derek Smith , Jane Jarvis, Johnny Varro, Norman Simmons (piano); Dennis Mackrel, Eddie Locke, Jackie Williams , Louie Bellson (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jim Czak.
    Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
    Recording information: Nola Studios, New York, NY (12/08/2003-12/10/2003).
    Sorting out who played what on A Multitude of Stars isn't, at first glance, easy, mostly because the Statesmen of Jazz consists of about 30 musicians. Luckily, they take turns playing in fairly large combos under various leaders over the course of two discs. The talent involved is enormous, and even naming a handful of the participants -- Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, and Bucky Pizzarelli -- impresses. Each group is allowed three to six pieces to show off their particular style, giving listeners plenty of time to assess and enjoy each set. Terry leads the first group, and they kick off with two of his originals -- "Top and Bottom" and "Elijah" -- before delving into an eight-minute romp on Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues" with a fine vocal by Carrie Smith. Terry's fairly modern set makes way for Ed Polcer's backward glance with clarinetist Peplowski in tow. There's an enormously fun take on "Honeysuckle Rose," and a short but sweet version of the Gershwins' "Shall We Dance." There are other sets by leaders Benny Powell, Buddy DeFranco, Johnny Frigo, and Joe Wilder. Finally, A Multitude of Stars seems like an overly full sampler, giving one a chance to dip into the repertoire of seven different groups. As with other Arbors releases, the players always sound like they're in the zone, delivering imaginative music even when relying on older forms. A Multitude of Stars is a very enjoyable and well-played set. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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