I melt at the sound of a swinging reed section. But I don't keep the swooning to myself. As readers know, I routinely add to our list below of reed-centric albums that I've posted about. Today, I'm letting you know about two more—Frank Tiberi's 4 Brothers 7 (Jazzed Media), released last year, and John Williams' Baritone Band (Spotlite), from 1997.
At 89, Tiberi is still a monster player and remains director of the Woody Herman Orchestra. The section Tiberi leads here is like a swarm of hornets. Buzzing around Tiberi (ts, ss) are Larry McKenna (ts), John Nugent (ts) and Mike Brignola (bs), with David Berkman (p), Lynn Seaton (b) and Matt Wilson (d). The joy of this album is that the band doesn't stick to Hermonite sax charts. After Four Brothers and TheGoof and I, there's John Coltrane's Central Park West, Al Cohn's Woody's Lament, Hank Mobley's Tenor Conclave as well as a bunch of originals, including Tiberi's Buzzogle Boggled and The Garz, and Nugent's Four of a Kind. There also are a bunch of jazz standards. Arrangements are by Tiberi, Brignola, McKenna and Nugent. By the way, that Buzzogle Boggled is a doozy.
John Williams' Baritone Band features a boiler-room level batch of baritone horns, many of whom double and triple on other instruments. Williams is a British saxophonist who has been leader of the resident big bandat London’s legendary Marquee Club, a member of Count Basie's ghost band in Europe, and music director of Harlech television in Wales. He also has played behind pop vocalists and in the pit bands of West End shows in London.
On the album's first session (# 1, 2, 6, 810, 12, 13 and 15), the musicians are John Williams (bs, fl, bcl), Alan Wakeman (bs, ss, cl), Andy Panayi (bs, ts, fl), Chris Biscoe (bs, as, acl), John Horler (p), Jim Richardson (b) and Trevor Tomkins (d).
On the second session (# 3,5, 7, 11 and 14) Williams (bs), John Surman (bs, ss), Steve Waterman (flhn), Jay Craig (bs), Alan Barnes (bs, bcl), Horler (p), Tim Wells (b) and Tomkins (d).
It's a joy to hear a herd of baritones muscling their way through arrangements of Gerry Mulligan's Walkin' Shoes, Shorty Rogers' Short Stop, Bill Evans' Funkallero, Charles Mingus's Moanin' and, of course, Four Brothers, among others.
Here's our list of sax-section albums thus far...
Woody Herman's Four Brothers band (1947)
Gene Roland's Boppers (1949)
The Brothers!—Al Cohn, Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca (1955)
Jay Cameron's International Sax Band (1955)
Al Cohn and the Sax Section (1956)
Zoot Sims Plays Alto, Tenor and Baritone (1956)
Zoot Sims Plays Four Altos (1956)
Reeds in Hi-Fi—Pete Rugolo (1956)
Four Brothers Together Again! (1957)
The Gerry Mulligan Song Book (1957)
Hymie Schertzer: All the King's Saxophones (1957)
Coleman Hawkins Meets the Big Sax Section (1958)
Cross Section: Saxophones—Hal McKusick (1958)
Saxophones Inc.—Bobby Prince and His Orchestra (1959)
Ten Saxophones and Two Basses—Pete Rugolo (1961)
Further Definitions—Benny Carter (1961)
Pony Poindexter's Pony's Express (1962)
Bud Shank and the Sax Section (1966)
Dave Pell's Prez Conference (1978)
Marlene VerPlanck Meets Saxomania (1993)
John Williams' Baritone Band (1997)
4 Brothers 7—Frank Tiberi (2007)
Oh Gee!—Barnes / O'Higgins & the Sax Section (2015)
The Candy Men—Harry Allen (2016)
JazzWax clips: Here's Walkin' Shoes by John Williams' Baritone Band...
And here's Al Cohn's arrangement of Jimmy Giuffre's Four Brothers...
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.