Down Beat (11/97, pp.57-58) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Rowland's approach is more interprative than actually performing Davis' music....[his] renditions of tunes associated with the trumpeter...are warmly evocative....there is nary a misstep on this project..."
NOW DIG THIS! is a vocal tribute to Miles Davis.
Personnel: Dennis Rowland (vocals); Terry Harrington (tenor saxophone); Wallace Roney, Sal Marquez (trumpet); Joe Sample (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Gregg Field (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studios A and G, Los Angeles, California on December 2-3, 1996 and January 7-8, 1997. Includes liner notes by Andrew Rowan.
Personnel: Dennis Rowland (vocals); Terry Harrington (tenor saxophone); Sal Marquez, Wallace Roney (trumpet); Joe Sample (piano); Gregg Field (drums).
Audio Mixers: Gregg Field; Charles Paakkari.
Recording information: Capitol Studio A, LA, CA (12/02/1996-01/08/1997); G Studio, LA, CA (12/02/1996-01/08/1997).
Photographer: Sharyl Noday.
Singer Dennis Rowland pays tribute to Miles Davis on this interesting set. With Wallace Roney or Sal Marquez filling in for Miles and contributing short trumpet solos, Terry Harrington getting a few spots on tenor, and an excellent rhythm section helping out (pianist Joe Sample, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Gregg Field), Rowland performs ten songs associated with Miles Davis. Unfortunately, all of the music is mostly from the 1956-1961 period -- nothing from the second quintet or the fusion years -- so only part of Miles' legacy is explored. But the singer is in excellent form throughout the set, with the highlights including "All Blues," "I Could Write a Book," "'Round Midnight" and a lengthy medley of "The Meaning of the Blues" and "Lament." ~ Scott Yanow