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Friendly Fire [Tommy Newsom]


  • 1. Close Your Eyes
    2. Just Friends
    3. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
    4. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
    5. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    6. Cotton Tail
    7. Stardust
    8. (I Would Do) Anything for You
    9. Billie's Bounce
    10. Easy Living
    11. Take the "A" Train
    12. Rainbow Connection
    13. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19251

  • Credits
    ProducerTommy Newson; John F. Hammond; Tommy Newsom
    EngineerMark Gordon Creamer; Mark Gordon Creamer

    Personnel: Tommy Newsom (tenor saxophone); Bob Enevoldsen (trombone); John F. Hammond (piano); Bob Bain (guitar); Jim Hughart (bass); Dave Hunt (drums).
    Recorded at Big City Recording, Granada Hills, California on October 15 & 16, 2000. Includes liner notes by Floyd Levin.
    Personnel: Tommy Newsom (tenor saxophone); Bob Bain (guitar); Bob Enevoldsen (trombone); Dave Hunt (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Floyd Levin.
    Recording information: Big City Recording, Granada Hills, CA (10/15/2000-10/16/2000).
    Tommy Newsom spent such a long time in the Tonight Show Orchestra that jazz fans overlook his contributions. Finally recording regularly as a leader at the dawn of the 21st century, this solidly swinging tenor saxophonist has plenty to say on this studio session, which covers the music of several decades. Joined by veteran valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen and a rhythm section including pianist John F. Hammond, guitarist Bob Bain, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Dave Hunt, Newsom's imaginative arrangements bring out the best in each track. The songs lean heavily toward the swing era, including an easygoing "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me," a lush "Star Dust," and a pulsating "Cotton Tail." But Newsom adds a cool-toned "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" featuring a beautifully interwoven counter melody by Enevoldsen, a snappy take of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," and a waltzing treatment of a song made famous on Sesame Street, "The Rainbow Connection," the latter which omits the horns. The musicianship of all parties is superb throughout this delightful session. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (6/02, p.116) - "...A sextet that harks back to those '50s groups that teamed Bob Brookymeyer with Zoot Sims or Stan Getz..."
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