Jazziz (Dec.-Jan./92, p.94) - Picked by critic Leonard Feather as one of the 10 best jazz albums of 1992.
Conducted by Quincy Jones.
Personnel: Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Art Pepper, Herb Geller, Gene Quill, Charlie Mariano (alto saxophones), Buddy Collette, Bill Perkins, Walter Benton, Lucky Thompson, Bunny Bardach, Zoot Sims (tenor saxophones), Pepper Adams, Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophones), Art Farmer, Ernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder (trumpets), Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Frank Rehak (trombones), Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson (flutes, tenor saxophones), Hank Jones, Billy Taylor, Lou Levy, Carl Perkins (pianos), Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers, Red Mitchell, Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Shelly Manne, Charlie Persip (drums), Milt Jackson (vibraphone).
Recorded between September 14, 1956 and February 25, 1957. Originally released on ABC Paramount as THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT JAZZ (149), and as
part of GO WEST, MAN (186). Includes liner notes by Quincy Jones, Ralph J. Gleason and Michael Cuscuna.
This disc combines Quincy Jones's 1956 album THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT JAZZ with tracks from the inimitable big-band arranger's '57 record GO WEST, MAN! "Stockholm Sweetnin'" was composed by Jones for the revered trumpeter Clifford Brown, who died shortly before the initial sessions for THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT JAZZ began. On this selection, Jones orchestrates a solo originally intended for Brown. Played here by the trombone section and a flugelhorn, this solo is a true work of bebop excellence, containing all the salient qualities of a great horn improvisation. Other tracks, particularly "Bright Moon," exemplify Jones's ability to write delicate brass and reed parts. (Too often the big-band format is used to create dense, heavy music.) Here, Jones keeps the music light and buoyant. Moreover, he wastes nothing on flash or exhibitionism. Drummer Shelly Manne also deserves credit for making this tune swing gently; in fact, Manne is but one of the remarkable rhythm players (including the legendary Charles Mingus on bass) that anchors these outstanding songs.
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