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The Heart & Soul of Hoagy Charmichael - Jiggs Whigham, TNC Jazz


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Jiggs Whigham - trombone, Gene Bertoncini, guitar

Georgia On My Mind, The Nearness of You, I Get Along With You Very Well, Star Dust, Two Sleepy People, Heart and Soul, One Morning in May, Small Fry, Skylark, and Lazy River

"It is said that marriages are made in heaven; if so, then this heavenly trombone/guitar duo is certainly the musical personification of that adage. Having collaborated on a previous recording, Whigham and Bertoncini were so delighted with the results that they felt compelled to return to the recording studio for round two, this time with a theme: the Centennial Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael’s birth...The pairing of trombone and acoustical guitar appears, at first glance, to be a mismatch in which the trombone's volume level might completely overwhelm that of the guitar. Not so! These two consummate musicians handle this potential problem with such aplomb that this pairing seems not only a totally natural choice, but one that conjures the question of why hasn't this happened more often. The balance is so good that the contrapuntal interplay is that of two equal voices exchanging highly lyrical and cogent musical ideas. The creative affinity of these two performers produces music that sounds like the conception of a single mind, not two."
     -- TNC Recordings

"...Fans of popular music who’ve been around for more than a few years should recognize most of these tunes, from the classic “Stardust” to such durable themes as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Skylark,” ”Lazy River” and “The Nearness of You” — not to mention “Two Sleepy People,” introduced by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the film Thanks for the Memory ; “Small Fry,” first crooned by Bing Crosby in the film Sing You Sinners, and “I Get Along without You Very Well,” written for the film The Las Vegas Story and later revitalized by Frank Sinatra on his marvelous album In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. Perhaps the least known among them is “One Morning in May,” written in 1933 by Carmichael with lyricist Mitchell Parish and played solo by Bertoncini. Whigham’s trombone is muted on “Two Sleepy People” and “Small Fry,” open the rest of the way. While I’m partial to almost everything Hoagy ever wrote, “Skylark” holds a special place in my heart, and I’d rank the Whigham / Bertoncini version about midway or perhaps a notch higher on a scale of one to ten. It’s lovely, as is everything else here, but with compositions by Hoagy Carmichael it could hardly be otherwise..."
     -- Jack Bowers (All About Jazz, 2002)

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