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Legends & Lions: Swingin'
1. Mighty Burner - Ron Blake
2. Blues for Hamp - Terry Gibbs
3. I'm Old Fashioned - Joe La Barbera/Mike Wofford/Bob Magnusson/Bud Shank (previously unreleased)
4. Comment Allez-Vous - Ilona Knopfler
5. Seven Steps to Heaven - Eugene Maslov
6. Nancy Jo - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
7. Blues for Matt B - Sean Jones
8. Old Man Jazz - Ernie Andrews/Louis Taylor, Jr./Al McKibbon/Oscar Brashear/Roy McCurdy
9. Centerpiece - Kenny Burrell/Al McKibbon/Oscar Brashear/Teddy Edwards/Cedar Walton/James Moody
10. Masquerade Is Over, The - Eugene Maslov
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1027
Christian McBride; Maria Ehrenreich; Stix Hooper; Ken Droz (Compilation); Al Pryor (Compilation); Will Wakefield (Compilation)
Personnel: Ernie Andrews, Ilona Knopfler (vocals); Kenny Burrell, Marty Ashby, Anthony Wilson (guitar); Paquito d'Rivera (clarinet); Teddy Edwards (saxophone); Louis Taylor, Jr. (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jessie Bartlett Davis, Antonio Hart, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Frank Wess, James Moody Sextet, Jimmy Heath, Pete Christlieb, Darmon Meader (tenor saxophone); Roger M. Rosenburg, Jay Brandford (baritone saxophone); Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, Jimmy Owens, Jon Faddis, Oscar Brashear, Sean Jones, Jim Hynes, Rashawn Ross (trumpet); Dennis Wilson Quintet, Jay Ashby, Luis Bonilla, Benny Powell, Douglas Purviance (trombone); Eugene Maslov, Kenny Barron, Mike Melvoin, Mike Wofford, Mulgrew Miller, Cedar Walton (piano); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Orrin Evans (keyboards); Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Kenny Davis (acoustic bass); Gregory Hutchinson, Jeff Hamilton , Joe La Barbera, Lewis Nash , Roy McCurdy, Willie Jones III , E.J. Strickland, Marcello Pellitteri (drums).
Audio Mixer: Reed Ruddy.
Audio Remasterer: Alan Silverman.
Recording information: Glenwood Palace Studios, Burbank, CA (10/2002).
Photographer: Raj Naik.
Legends & Lions: Swingin' is one of a pair of specially priced compilations simultaneously released by Mack Avenue at a special price to showcase their artists. Unlike typical collections, this CD combines previously issued tracks and music from future projects along with one unissued track that evidently will not appear elsewhere. The selections range from the tasty uptempo blues "Mighty Burner," which showcases trumpeter Rashawn Ross extensively before tenor saxophonist and leader Ron Blake makes his entrance; to vocalist Ilona Knopfler's sensual "Comment Allez-Vous" backed by a fine big band; to a bluesy down-home gospel-flavored treatment of "Centerpiece" that features Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Teddy Edwards, Cedar Walton, and Oscar Brashear. The unissued track, a brisk take of "I'm Old Fashioned" featuring alto saxophonist Bud Shank with pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Bob Magnusson, and drummer Joe La Barbera, may have been set aside due to a few reed squeaks in the opening minute. This excellent sampler showcases a label that is not focused exclusively either on veteran artists or rising stars, but one that simply seeks to record valuable jazz. ~ Ken Dryden
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