In these two albums, Dave Pell presents swinging memories of the bands small in size, but grand in stature that traced the history of the jazz combo and accounted for some of the greatest hit recordings of their times.
In The Big Small Bands, we can enjoy exciting and authentic re-creations of tunes made famous by groups such as those of John Kirby, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Shorty Rogers. Although the tunes start with early sounds, the sequence is varied a little to provide a more interesting programming line-up.
On I Remember John Kirby, Pell, who was a legitimately schooled clarinetist like Buster Bailey, had virtually abandoned the instrument as a solo medium until he had undertook this project. Here he plays with complete command to lead this Kirby-inspired sextet featuring Benny Carter, who gets a beautiful projection of the buoyant lilt that Russell Procope put in his alto solos.
Dave Pell (ts, bs), Jack Sheldon, Don Fagerquist (tp),
Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb), Abe Most (cl), Art Pepper (as), Ronny Lang (bs),
Marty Paich, André Previn, John T. Williams (p), Bob Gibbons (g),
Red Mitchell (b), Frank Capp, Shelly Manne (d)
Tracks #1-12 from the Capitol album The Big Small Band (ST 1309)
Track #13-23 from the Capitol album I Remember John Kirby (ST 1687)
01. Then I'll Be Happy
02. A Smo-O-O-Oth One
03. In an 18th Century Drawing Room
04. Summit Ridge Drive
05. At the Codfish Ball
06. Jumpin with Symphony Sid
09. Dark Eyes
10. Viva Zapata
11. Walking Shoes
12. Mountain Greenery
13. Rose Room 3
14. Royal Garden Blues
15. Anitra's Dance
16. It Feels Good
17. Tootsie Roll
18. Double Walk
20. Blue Skies
22. Opus #5
23. 20th Century Closet
Total time: 70:00 min.
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