egroj world: The Guitar Choir • New Jazz Sound of Showboat

lunes, 24 de octubre de 2016

The Guitar Choir • New Jazz Sound of Showboat

Review by Scott Yanow
Arranger Johnny Carisi (best known for composing and arranging "Israel" for the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool sessions) rarely recorded as a leader. Other than seven titles from 1956 reissued as part of a Bluebird CD, and a half-album for Impulse in 1961 that he shared with Cecil Taylor, this obscure LP was Carisi's only other recording project at the head of the group. Certainly the most unusual of his records, this out-of-print LP features five guitarists (including Barry Galbraith and Jimmy Raney), a bassist, and a drummer plus one horn soloist (either trumpeter Carisi, altoist Phil Woods or valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer) performing ten songs from Show Boat. Four of the melodies ("I Might Fall Back on You," "I Have the Room Above Her," "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" and "It Still Suits Me") are quite obscure and were actually added to later versions of the show (or to the movie). The other six numbers (which include "Make Believe," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man" and "Ol' Man River") are much more familiar. The interpretations are essentially cool jazz, respectful of the themes yet still creative in subtle ways. An interesting set, but this album (not yet reissued on CD) will be difficult to find.

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A1 Make Believe
A2 Nobody Else But Me
A3 I Might Fall Back On You
A4 I Have The Room Above Her
A5 Bill
B1 Can't Help Lovin' That Man
B2 Life Upon The Wicked Stage
B3 Ol' Man River
B4 Why Do I Love You
B5 It Still Suits Me

Alto Saxophone – Phil Woods
Guitar – Barry Galbraith, Jimmy Raney
Trombone – Bob Brookmeyer
Trumpet, Arranged By, Conductor – John Carisi

Label: Columbia ‎– CS 8216
Released: 1960
Genre: Jazz

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