Blue Wisp Big Band - Butterfly/The Smooth One

Blue Wisp Big Band - Butterfly/The Smooth One
Styles: Modern Big Band, Bop, Hard Bop
Genre: Jazz
Album: Butterfly/The Smooth One
Release Date: 1982
Artist: Blue Wisp Big Band
Duration: 01:12:17

During 1981-1985, the Cincinnati-based Blue Wisp Big Band recorded four albums for the Mopro label; all of the music has since been reissued on a pair of Sea Breeze CDs. This first disc features the straight-ahead orchestra in excellent form on a mixture of standards and originals. Best known among the soloists is trumpeter Tim Hagans (who is on the second date), but also impressive are trumpeter Al Kiger, baritonist Larry Dickson, pianist Steve Schmidt, and tenors Herb Aronoff and Joe Gaudio. Actually, the musicianship throughout the big band is impressive, and fans of conventional jazz orchestras will enjoy both of the Blue Wisp's discs. Among the highlights on this reissue are "Love for Sale" and Oscar Pettiford's "Tricrotism," "I Won't Dance," Thelonious Monk's "Evidence," and "The Bull and a Big Band."

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Love for Sale / Cole PorterBlue Wisp Big Band3:51
Yes Sir, That's My Baby / Walter Donaldson / Gus KahnBlue Wisp Big Band3:31
Tricrotism / Oscar PettifordBlue Wisp Big Band5:40
Weep / Gary McFarlandBlue Wisp Big Band5:23
Sparks / Al KigerBlue Wisp Big Band3:42
Nica's Dream / Horace SilverBlue Wisp Big Band5:04
Butterfly / Herbie HancockBlue Wisp Big Band6:10
I Won't Dance / Dorothy Fields / Otto Harbach / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern / Jimmy McHughBlue Wisp Big Band4:24
Evidence / Thelonious MonkBlue Wisp Big Band6:42
The Smooth One / Benny GoodmanBlue Wisp Big Band6:05
You're Driving Me Crazy / Walter DonaldsonBlue Wisp Big Band3:18
Blues for Helen / Carroll de CampBlue Wisp Big Band3:37
Speak Low / Ogden Nash / Kurt WeillBlue Wisp Big Band5:36
Moon Cycle / Royce CampbellBlue Wisp Big Band4:35
The Bull and a Big Band / Gordon BriskerBlue Wisp Big Band4:56

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