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A very talented trumpet player and leader, Louise Barranger's band swings wildly throughout this very exciting album of mostly standards. Tom Kubis' upbeat arrangements are a gas, setting the stage for one of the most powerful large ensemble recordings in the mainstream genre. Of course, it does not hurt to have the kind of special guest soloists that Baranger was able to attract: trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (Sy Oliver's "Well, Git It!); trombonist Carl Fontana ("I Only Want Some" and "Chitlins"); and vocalists Frank Sinatra, Jr. ("I Only Want Some" and "The Way She Makes Me Feel"); and Gisele Jackson ("I Didn't Know what Time it Was"). The pieces sparkle, with tight harmonies, plenty of swinging solos, and some fine contributions from the leader. This has the verve and exhilarating passion that make you wonder why the big bands ever went out of style. ~ Steven A. Loewy, Rovi
An outstanding treat for fans of jazz, Disney, and Camarata
It was delightful to discover that one of Camarata’s most acclaimed compositions is the title of an outstanding big band disc by musician/bandleader Louise Baranger, who counts Tutti as one of her mentors. Adding to the Disney connection is Baranger’s experience as a member of the Disneyland Big Band. Written for the landmark Disneyland LP Tutti’s Trumpets, the original “Trumpeter’s Prayer” was created to showcase the legendary Conrad Gozzo. On the new version, the arrangement—by Tommy Newsome of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson—allows the string section to carry the melody for a emotional surge. It almost sounds like a classic movie theme. Another selection reprised from Tutti’s Trumpets is “Boy Meets Horn” (though not written for that LP), of course, revised as “Girl Meets Horn.” Born in Hollywood, Baranger played with the best in the business, and enlisted some of them for this album, including trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval. Impressive vocals are performed wonderfully by Gisele Jackson and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Even TV pioneer and prolific composer Steve Allen introduces one of his own songs. This album is a tour de force for the Baranger band, running the full gamut of musical styles and moods. It’s not just swing and sway, but rock, R&B and even a touch of classical. Tutti surely must have loved it.
Top Albums and Songs by Louise Baranger Jazz Band
||Chitlins||Trumpeter's Prayer||4:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Turmpeter's Prayer||Trumpeter's Prayer||3:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Only Want Some||Trumpeter's Prayer||5:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Well Git It!||Trumpeter's Prayer||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Way She Makes Me Feel||Trumpeter's Prayer||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All the Things You Are||Trumpeter's Prayer||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Alexander's Ragtime Band||Trumpeter's Prayer||3:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hip Hep Hop||Trumpeter's Prayer||4:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Didn't Know What Time It Was||Trumpeter's Prayer||4:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Buttercup||Trumpeter's Prayer||3:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|