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viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

The Tom Kubis Big • Keep Swingin'ː The Tom Kubis Big Band Plays Steve Allen

Review by Scott Yanow
Steve Allen wrote a countless number of songs in his career, most of which have been long forgotten. On two CDs (of which this is the second), bandleader Tom Kubis and his orchestra perform Kubis' arrangements of some of Allen's tunes. Although the melodies are generally not memorable, the band's performances are impeccable, reasonably inventive, and swinging. Many soloists are heard from along the way, including Kubis himself (on tenor and soprano), trumpeters George Graham, Jeff Bunnell, and Stan Martin, all three trombonists, guitarist Grant Geissman, altoist Sal Lozano, and Rusty Higgins on tenor. Jack Sheldon guests on "Tango Blues" (which he sings) and "Chittlins," while Steve Allen himself sings the humorous if downbeat "Livin' in L.A."

1 Jumpy Blues 3:44
2 Tango Blues 4:44
3 Hoagy's Indiana 4:30
4 Le Jazz Hot 3:37
5 Oh, That Face 3:12
6 Sultry Samba 3:44
7 Cold September Morning 4:44
8 Jump, John 2:54
9 In The Winter, In The Summer 3:34
10 Mama Used To Do The Cha Cha 2:59
11 Something Mysterious 5:11
12 You Got To Have The Blues Sometimes 6:56
13 Keep Swingin' 3:29
14 Happy Tuesday 4:21
15 Chittlins 2:05
16 Payin' Your Dues 4:41
17 Livin' In L.A. 4:29

Arranged By – Tom Kubis
Alto Saxophone – Gene Burkert, Sal Lozano
Baritone Saxophone – Beverly Dahlke-Smith
Bass – Trey Henry
Drums – Ray Brinker
Guitar – Grant Geissman, Mike Higgins
Percussion – Kurt Rasmussen
Piano – Jack Reidling
Tenor Saxophone – Bill Liston, Rusty Higgins, Tom Kubis
Trombone – Alex Iles, Andy Martin, Charlie Morillas
Trombone [Bass] – Rich Bullock
Trumpet – George Graham (2), Jack Sheldon, Jeff Bunnell, Stan Martin, Wayne Bergeron
Vocals – Jack Sheldon (tracks: 3), Steve Allen (3) (tracks: 17)

Recorded at The Golden West College Digital Lab, Huntington Beach, CA. No dates given.

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