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Gigs: Reminiscing in Music

  • 1. Say It With a Kiss
    2. Winter Waltz
    3. Django and Bix
    4. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
    5. Blue Bix
    6. When You're Smiling
    7. Russian Lullaby
    8. Tailfins
    9. My Blue Heaven
    10. Fuddy Duddy
    11. When You and I Were Young, Maggie
    12. At the Track
    13. At the Fair
    14. Midnight Hour Blues
    15. Blackey's Song
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AR 19230

  • Credits
    ProducerDoug Pomeroy; Peter Ecklund

    Personnel includes: Peter Ecklund (cornet, bugle); Dan Block (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Howard Johnson (tuba); Ken Peplowski (clarinet); Jay Ungar (violin); Warren Bernhardt (Fender Rhodes piano); Steve Cardenas (acoustic & electric guitars); Madeleine Peyroux (acoustic guitar); Peter Davis (electric guitar, banjo); Molly Mason, Frank Vignola (guitar); David Grisman (mandolin); Greg Cohen, Pete Toigo (bass); Gary Burke (drums).
    Engineers: Doug Pomeroy, Tom Mark, Paul Antonell.
    Recored at Pomeroy Audio, Brooklyn, New York on January 6, April 30 & September 28, 1998; Make Believe Ballroom Studio, Shokan, New York on February 26, 1998; Clubhouse Recording, GErmantown, New York on October 29, 1998; Baby Monster Studio, New York, New York on January 19, 1999. Includes liner notes by Peter Ecklund.
    Photographer: Dave Davies.
    Arranger: Peter Ecklund.
    A veteran sit-in cornetist with various Dixieland bands and the backup groups of Leon Redbone, David Bromberg, and more recently Madeleine Peyroux, Ecklund's folk-derived swing is expressed through a variety of different combos on these 15 cuts, eight written by the leader. Some feature dual acoustic guitarists Peyroux and Steve Cardenas, others mandolinist David Grisman and guitarist Frank Vignola, with Marty Grosz (guitar), Dan Block (woodwinds) and Keith Ingham (celeste), or Jay Ungar (violin) and Molly Mason (guitar). Cameos come from clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Bobby Gordon, Howard Johnson (tuba), and Warren Bernhardt (Fender Rhodes). The most focused, centralized group is the Grisman-Vignola band with bassist Murray Wall. They do the delicate, swaying "Winter Waltz," the more intense, off-the-cuff, cornet-driven "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives (Gave) to Me" (trading riffs at the coda), the Bix Beiderbecke-derived easy swing of "Blue Bix," and the hardest swinger "Russian Lullaby," where Grisman steps up and hits a triple. Cardenas and Peyroux softly strum while Peplowski leads in midtempo during "Django & Bix," and evoke strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" during "When You & I Were Young, Maggie." The celeste adds a quaint sound to Block's clarinet and Ecklund's old-timey horn on "Say It With a Kiss"; meanwhile, Block's big baritone sax bolsters "When You're Smiling," as does his alto during "Fuddy Duddy," with Grosz's ever-present swing nailing it down. Ungar and Gordon's strings tiptoe through tulips on Leroy Carr's "Midnight Hour Blues," go serene and plaintive for "At the Fair," and swing much harder on "Blackey's Song," replete with whistling and Guy Fischetti's pedal steel. Gordon's daunting and darting feature is "My Blue Heaven," the best individual solo on the date, while the best overall number is the quickly paced "At the Track," holding the Dixie pulse at fever pitch courtesy of Cynthia Sayer's hot banjo and Johnson's bawdy tuba oompahs. Ecklund has a thinnish sound, not bold and brash a la Louis Armstrong or Bix, but reserved and refined, and sublimates his role for an overall group sound. This CD represents a good concept and execution of bringing '20s & '30s jazz into the '90s with players who know how. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (5/00, p.198) - "...Ecklund makes a rhythm section come alive....the project is eclectic: pleasant, harmless 'elevator jazz'. But when the Dixieland button is pressed...the mood can be quite uplifting."
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