Randy Sandke - The Music Of Bob Haggart
- 27-10-2015, 16:30
Artist: Randy Sandke
Title Of Album: The Music Of Bob Haggart
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Arbors Records, Inc.
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 60 min
Total Size: 138 MB
01. It Ain't Necessarily So
02. It Takes a Long Pull To Get There
03. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
05. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
06. Oh, I Can't Sit Down
07. I Loves You, Porgy
08. My Man's Gone Now
09. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
10. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
11. Mardi Gras Parade
12. What's New?
13. Dogtown Blues
14. My Inspiration
15. South Rampart Street Parade
16. At the Jazz Band Ball
17. Big Noise From Winnetka
Most jazz fans are well acquainted with some arrangement or another of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, but few of them are acquainted with Bob Haggart's charts of the score. The reason is simple: Haggart's arrangements, released at the same time as the Porgy and Bess movie, were pushed to the back of the record racks by versions of the same music by (among others) Miles Davis and Gil Evans, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Oscar Peterson Trio and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Modern-day trumpeter Randy Sandke has decided that this was an unfair quirk of history, and after some detective work and painstaking transcription he's reassembled Haggart's Porgy and Bess plus some other charts under the prosaic title The Music of Bob Haggart.
Haggart's charts for Gershwin don't try to reinvent the wheel as other interpreters at the time did; their sound, straightahead, tart and tight, takes the listener back to Gershwin's own idiom with minimum fuss and maximum verve. Frequent solo breaks allow the stellar band Sandke has assembled to shine; while everyone puts their best foot forward in this endeavor, the two most impressive players are Jon-Erik Kellso on the (frequently muted) puje, sounding period without sounding old, and Sandke himself, alternately caressing and goosing some of the most famous melodies ever written. Jazz fans shouldn't lose sleep over having favored Miles, Oscar or Louis and Ella for so many years; Haggart's version isn't that compelling. But, as this recording proves, it can be a lot of fun in the right hands. ~ Andrew Lindemann Malone ~jazztimes.
Personnel: Bob Haggart (arranger, bass); Randy Sandke (leader, trumpet); Scott Robinson (tenor & baritone saxophones); Jack Stuckey (baritone saxophone); Byron Stripling (trumpet); John Allred, George Masso, Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Ken Peplowski (clarinet); Derek Smith, Ed Metz, Sr. (piano); Howard Alden (guitar); Greg Cohen (bass); Joe Ascione, Tony DeNicola (drums).
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