Personnel: Alan Palmer (flute, tenor saxophone); Jim McMillen (trombone); Curtis Brengle (piano); Kevin Axt (acoustic bass); David Anderson (drums).
Recording information: Bronze Lantern Studios, Pasadena, CA.
Arranger: Jim McMillen.
The band on Tonight: Bebop Plays the Music of Ludacris takes enough liberties with the originals that a few of them are, save for a lick or two, unrecognizable. That said, there are a couple standouts that should surprise a few listeners, regardless of the side they're coming from. You can tell the band had a lot of fun with "Number One Spot," and a lot of that has to do with the original's use of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova." "Rollout (My Business)" is one of the easier to recognize versions, with an appropriately rollicking arrangement that turns the tough-but-fun original into more of a sprightly skip. Ludacris fans who aren't much into jazz won't even think about checking this, while jazz fans who aren't much into Ludacris will merely look at it and chuckle. At any rate, this is enjoyable despite its novelty nature and disposability. ~ Andy Kellman