MP3 Tom Cunningham Orchestra - Swingin´ and Singin´
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17 MP3 Songs in this album (53:02) !
Related styles: Jazz: Big Band, Jazz: Retro Swing, Mood: Upbeat
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Vocalists: Robin Cunningham*+, Jeanette du Bois*+, Andre Enceneat*, Betsy Kipperman*+, and Jeff Reynolds *
Reeds: Bill Schnepper (lead Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute), Ken Plant (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute), Will Tynch (Tenor Sax, Clarinet), Halley Shoenberg (Clarinet, Tenor Sax), Randy Small (Baritone Sax, Alto Sax, Clarinet)
Trumpets: Brett Lemley (lead), Rob Jernigan, Norberto Mejicanos, Andrew Robertson
Trombones: Al Burgstahler (lead), Harold Rhoads, Scott Fridy (bass)
Piano: Russell Wilson Guitar, Fiddle: Jeff Reynolds Bass: Dan Hall Drums: Ed Crow
*Quintessence (vocal quintet)
+YazooZazz (vocal trio)
So why make a new CD of this old music? Of course the recording quality is superior, but thereâs more to it:
Jazz is Americaâs great contribution to World culture. Preserving this inspired music brings us joy, which is why we sing and play. We see our Big Band as an American âsymphony orchestra,â and we feel that we fulfill a role similar to the symphony, only we fulfill it for Americaâs music.
Jazz once soared as the very voice of freedom, back when its dearest virtues were Swing Feel and (as Lester Young said when describing the soul of improvisation) âtelling little stories.â If those two ideals endure, Jazz's sense of freedom lives on. We believe âIt donât mean a thing if it ainât got that swing.â
Big Band is âclassicalâ jazz; the Swing Era is Jazzâs âclassicalâ period. Arrangers shaped the bandsâ memorable, often inspired, sounds. They've been largely unsung heroes. Vocalists are the (ahem) sung heroes, if you will, because most listeners relate to singers and lyrics. We hope you do too - thatâs why weâre Swinginâ and Singinâ.
1. It Donât Mean a Thing (Mills-Ellington)
DUKE ELLINGTON/JOYA SHERRILL, KAY DAVIS, & MARIA ELLINGTON. The title phrase says it all about Billy Strayhornâs mid-1940s arrangement of Dukeâs classic. Strayhorn has been called Dukeâs âalter ego;â among his works is the Ellington theme, Take the âAâ Train.
YazooZazz (vocal), Al Burgstahler (trombone), Jeff Reynolds (fiddle), Andrew Robertson (trumpet), Andre Enceneat (scat vocal), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
2. Itâs Always You (Burke-Van Heusen)
BENNY GOODMAN/HELEN FORREST. Eddie Sauter arranged this gem. Robinâs smooth-as-Makerâs Mark vocal and Halleyâs laid back clarinet both add to a marvelous feel generated by the swinginâ rhythm section.
Robin Cunningham (vocal), Halley Shoenberg (clarinet), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
3. Glen Island Special (Durham)
GLENN MILLER. This is a dark-toned, upbeat nod to the scene of Millerâs breakthrough engagement â the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York. Itâs from the pen of Eddie Durham, an alumnus of both Jimmie Luncefordâs and Count Basieâs orchestras.
Andrew Robertson (trumpet), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
4. Oh! Look at Me Now (DeVries-Bushkin)
TOMMY DORSEY/FRANK SINATRA, CONNIE HAINES, PIED PIPERS. TDâs band never swung better than when the great Sy Oliver did the score! And check out our singersâ blend and swing, eh?
Andre Enceneat, Betsy Kipperman, Quintessence (vocals)
5. Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) (Durham, Miller)
ANDY KIRK/JUNE RICHMOND. A silly title, but the lyrics are as prophetic today as they were in 1940; this music is Americaâs cultural legacy and will always have a place! Kirkâs pianist Mary Lou Williams scored it.
Betsy Kipperman (vocal), Will Tynch (tenor sax), Ed Crow (drums)
6. Every Day (I Have the Blues) (Chatman)
COUNT BASIE/JOE WILLIAMS. Ernie Wilkinsâ groovinâ arrangement helped to launch Joe Williamsâ career in 1955. Perhaps it could do the same for Andre, 55 years later.
Andre Enceneat (vocal), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
7. Why Donât You Practice What You Preach? (Sigler-Goodhart-Hoffman)
THE BOSWELL SISTERS. These three young ladies from New Orleans were recording stars in the early 1930s. To say that the âBozziesâ were the forerunner of the Andrews Sisters, while itâs chronologically true, is kind of like saying the space shuttle was the forerunner of the biplane! The Bozziesâ musicality and imaginative arrangements were way ahead of their time. This delicate gem is an example of what we mean.
YazooZazz (vocal), Al Burgstahler (trombone)
8. The Good Earth (Hefti)
WOODY HERMAN. Itâs the name of a Pearl Buck novel, but the title also references some musiciansâ smoking slang. This music is whatâs really smokinâ. A Neal Hefti original, from Woodyâs First Herd.
Halley Shoenberg (clarinet), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
9. Black Coffee (Webster-Burke)
JULIE LONDON. Sultry is what Ms. London stood for, and sultry is what Jeanette, Bill, and arranger Dick Reynolds deliver.
Bill Schnepper (alto sax), Jeanette du Bois (vocal)
10. I Only Have Eyes For You (Dubin-Warren)
COUNT BASIE/FRANK SINATRA. Sounds are shaped like putty by the skilled pen of Neal Hefti and Andreâs creative voice, taking this standard to a new level.
Andre Enceneat (vocal)
11. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Gilmore)
GLENN MILLER/MODERNAIRES. Bill Fineganâs imaginative spin on the Civil War favorite includes some luscious vocal harmonizing by our quintet.
Quintessence (vocal), Will Tynch (tenor sax)
12. Basie Boogie (Basie-Ebbins)
COUNT BASIE. This was a âheadâ (unwritten) arrangement by Basie and his sidemen, featuring some swinginâ piano.
Russell Wilson (piano)
13. Cow Cow Boogie (Raye-dePaul-Carter)
FREDDIE SLACK/ELLA MAE MORSE. Betsyâs laid back Southern drawl brings the right touch to this happy little Harlem-to-Santa Fe tall tale. Les Baxter did the arrangement.
Betsy Kipperman (vocal), Al Burgstahler (trombone), Rob Jernigan (trumpet)
14. Iâll Never Say âNever Againâ Again (Woods)
THE BOSWELL SISTERS. YazooZazz gets it. âNuff said.
Jeff Reynolds (fiddle), Robin Cunningham, YazooZazz (vocals)
15. Mission to Moscow (Powell)
BENNY GOODMAN. Mel Powell contributed this wartime chart to the Goodman book. Halley contributes her clarinet perspective to the role of BG.
Halley Shoenberg (clarinet), Russell Wilson (piano)
16. Donâcha Go âWay Mad (Stillman-Jacquet-Mundy)
HARRY JAMES/SKYLARKS. That velvety vocal blend brings to life a story from the battle of the sexes. The score is again by Neal Hefti, who also scored The Good Earth and I Only Have Eyes for You on this album.
17. The Kissing Bug (Sherrill-Stewart-Strayhorn)
DUKE ELLINGTON/JOYA SHERRILL. As far as we can tell, ours is the only recording of Billy Strayhornâs full arrangement of The Kissing Bug. (Duke pared it down for his band.) Robin, where can one acquire a can of Bugaboo?
Robin Cunningham (vocal), Will Tynch (tenor sax), Halley Shoenberg (clarinet)
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