quarta-feira, 9 de setembro de 2009

Henry Mancini - The Blues And The Beat

  1. The Blues
  2. Smoke Rings
  3. Misty
  4. Blue Flame
  5. After Hours
  6. Mood Indigo
  7. The Beat
  8. Big Noise From Winnetka
  9. Alright, Okay, You Win
  10. Tippin' In
  11. How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
  12. Sing, Sing, Sing
The Blues and The Beat

If jazz could be taken into a laboratory and put through a distilling process, two things would remain after everything else had evaporated: 'the blues and the beat'. The blues would remain because jazz began as the voice of an oppressed people who used music to ease the burden of living. The beat would still be there because the physical motion of rhythm helps release the whole body from tension, making everything more bearable.

For this album we borrowed this "essence" of jazz. We attempted to take the mood, feeling and occasionally the structure of the blues and use them as a basis for building a distinctive musical approach and sound. Thus "After Hours", "Smoke Rings", "Mood Indigo" and the others on the first side have a blue feel without being restricted to the blues form. Likewise, we preserved the stirring jazz beat while trying new sounds on "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Big Noise from Winnetka" and the others on Side Two.

Above all, we were striving for fresh, new and appealing musical sounds. To achieve a mellow flavor we added four French horns to the trumpets and trombones. In addition to the usual saxophones, the reed men "double" on alto flute, bass flute and picolo. This provides an usual sound which still manages to preserve the emotional quality of jazz.

A glance at the list of musicians who perform on this album should give ample assurance that the music is well played. Most of them will be readly recognized as being among the very top musicians of our times. They make a fine contribution to what we hope is the overall effect of this album; modern, listenable music which preserves the essence of jazz... 'the blues and the beat!'

(Henry Mancini from the original liner notes)

Um comentário:

  1. I generally associate Henry Mancini to catchy melodic themes, so I'm really curious to hear him up against a more stricly jazz project. Thanks for sharing this album! ;)


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