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Then & Now [Bob Stewart (Tuba)] [CD] [1 disc]


  • 1. Hambone
    2. Big Kneed Gal
    3. King Porter Stomp
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. Rambler
    6. Fishin' Blues
    7. Nette
    8. Tunk
    9. Law Years
    10. Nubian Stomp
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1014

  • Credits
    ProducerSibyl R. Golden; Ralph Simon
    EngineerJoe Barbaria

    Personnel: Bob Stewart (tuba); Carlos Ward (alto saxophone); Stanton Davis, James Zollar (trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone); John Clark, Fred Griffen, Marshall Sealy (French horn); Graham Haynes (Cornet, trumpet); Dave Burrell (piano); Taj Mahal (guitar, vocals); Jerome Harris (guitar); Aaron Scott, Buddy Williams (drums).
    Recorded at Sound On Sound and Sony Studios, New York, New York between October 30, 1995 and March 20, 1996. Includes liner notes by Bob Stewart.
    Personnel: Bob Stewart (tuba); Taj Mahal (vocals, guitar); Jerome Harris (guitar); Carlos Ward (alto saxophone); Graham Haynes (trumpet, cornet); James Zollar, Stanton Davis, Jr. (trumpet); Marshall Sealy, Fred Griffen, John Clark (French horn); Steve Turre (trombone); Dave Burrell (piano); Aaron Scott, Buddy Williams (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Joe Barbaria.
    Liner Note Author: Bob Stewart .
    Recording information: Sony Studios, New York, NY (10/30/1996-03/20/1996); Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY (10/30/1996-03/20/1996).
    Photographer: Joanne Dugan.
    Tuba player Bob Stewart's CD came out about the same time as Howard Johnson's Gravity release, and Stewart suffers by comparison. Bluesman Taj Mahal contributed the much too talky "Big Kneed Gal" and very tedious "Fishin' Blues." Carlos Ward's "Nubian Stomp" is at best uninspired reggae, while his street strut "Nette" barely gains headway in spite of trumpeter Graham Haynes' spirited solo. Stewart's originals and handling of standards fare much better. Both "funk" and "Hambone" get his group cooking. Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" gets a refreshing update, including the addition of a French horn. But it is the slowly savored arrangement of "You Don't Know What Love Is," featuring Stewart with pianist Dave Burrell, that takes top honors. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (2/97, p.47) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...rambunctious fun....His endeavor to make the tuba relevant again succeeds through breadth of repertoire...through four varied ensemble configurations...and through his own complete command over the most recalcitrant of instruments..."
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