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The Wizard of Jazz

  • 1. Come Rain or Come Shine
    2. Ill Wind
    3. This Time the Dream's On Me
    4. Man That Got Away, The
    5. Let's Fall In Love
    6. Stormy Weather
    7. Blue Jug/Harold's Blues
    8. Over the Rainbow
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SCD2101

  • Credits

    Personnel: Peter Hand (guitar); Kenny Berger, Ralph Lalama (reeds); Don Braden, Mike Migliore, Brad Leali (saxophone); Jim Rotondi , Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet); Brian 'Fletch' Pareschi, Valery Ponomarev (flugelhorn); Jim Pugh , Sam Burtis, John Mosca (trombone); Richard Wyands (piano); Harvie S (bass instrument); Steve Johns (drum).
    Guitarist/arranger Peter Hand assembled a big band for this concert, stocking it with a number of well-known veterans, but featuring tenor saxophonist Houston Person prominently. The program consists of seven songs by the legendary Harold Arlen, starting with an easygoing, bluesy take of "Come Rain or Come Shine" showcasing Person, Hand, and pianist Richard Wyands, with some potent writing for the horns to accompany it. The poignant ballad "The Man That Got Away" is an overlooked gem in Arlen's vast output, with a heartfelt solo by Person, while the tenor saxophonist communicates the words with his effective playing of "Stormy Weather," backed by Hand's inspired voicings for the brass and reeds. The one medley of the evening is a departure from the Arlen songbook, a medley of spirited blues by Person and Hand. To wrap the evening, Houston Person plays a lush, unaccompanied solo of "Over the Rainbow" to bring down the house. ~ Ken Dryden

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