CD The Concord Jazz Heritage Series [Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass] (CD 107043),
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The Concord Jazz Heritage Series [Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass]

  • 1. Strike up the Band
    2. 4 B.C.
    3. Indiana, (Back Home Again In) / Donna Lee
    4. Stella by Starlight
    5. Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blue, The
    6. Li'l Darlin' (Don't Dream of Anybody But Me)
    7. Them There Eyes
    8. Just Friends
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4829

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1986 and 1998.
    This is part of Concord Jazz's Concord Jazz Heritage Series.
    After debuting on Concord backing Mel Torm in 1986, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass started recording regularly for the label. For this 1998 CD sampler, the Boss Brass are heard on eight selections from as many different albums. McConnell's arrangements were always a bit conservative, but swinging and surprising in their own subtle ways. Surprisingly for a sampler, several of the numbers on this CD are fairly lengthy, including the nearly 12-minute "Strike Up the Band" and a ten-and-a-half-minute "The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groove Blues." Among the key soloists are tenor saxophonists Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, and Alex Dean; flgelhornist Guido Basso; altoist Moe Koffman; guitarist Ed Bickert; and McConnell himself on valve trombone. The closing "Just Friends" is from the Torm record and wraps up this fine sampling of the Boss Brass' music quite nicely. ~ Scott Yanow

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