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Keep Swingin': The Tom Kubis Big Band Plays Steve Allen - Tom Kubis, Seabreeze


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"Steve Allen wrote a countless number of songs in his career, most of which have been long forgotten. On two CDs (of which this is the second), bandleader Tom Kubis and his orchestra perform Kubis' arrangements of some of Allen's tunes. Although the melodies are generally not memorable, the band's performances are impeccable, reasonably inventive, and swinging. Many soloists are heard from along the way, including Kubis himself (on tenor and soprano), trumpeters George Graham, Jeff Bunnell, and Stan Martin, all three trombonists, guitarist Grant Geissman, altoist Sal Lozano, and Rusty Higgins on tenor. Jack Sheldon guests on "Tango Blues" (which he sings) and "Chittlins," while Steve Allen himself sings the humorous if downbeat "Livin' in L.A."
     --  Scott Yanow

Personnel: Tom Kubis (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jack Sheldon (vocals, trumpet); Steve Allen (vocals); Michael Higgins, Grant Geissman (guitar); Sal Lozano, Gene Burkert (alto saxophone); Rusty Higgins, Bill Liston (tenor saxophone); Beverly Dahlke-Smith (baritone saxophone); George Graham, Stan "Be Bop" Martin, Jeff Bunnell, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Charlie Morillas, Andy Martin, Alexander Iles (trombone); Richard Bullock (bass trombone); Jack Reidling (piano); Ray Brinker (drums); Kurt Rasmussen (percussion).

    1.Jumpy Blues
    2.Tango Blues
    3.Hoagy's Indiana
    4.Le Jazz Hot
    5.Oh, That Face
    6.Sultry Samba
    7.Cold September Morning
    8.Jump, John
    9.In the Winter, In the Summer
    10.Mama Used to Do the Cha Cha
    11.Something Mysterious
    12.You Got to Have the Blues Sometimes
    13.Keep Swingin'
    14.Happy Tuesday
    16.Payin' Your Dues
    17.Livin' in L. A.

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