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Album Review

For this effort, trumpeter Doc Severinsen, in one of his rare recordings away from a big band format, teams up with the reeds of Ernie Watts, guitarist Lee Ritenour, a variety of studio musicians and a large string orchestra to perform crossover-oriented music. With arrangements contributed by producer Jeff Tyzik and Allen Vizzutti, even such songs as "My Funny Valentine," "Take The 'A' Train" and "Maiden Voyage" are transformed into rather routine, funky dance music.

Customer Reviews


This is my favorite jazz album, period. The arrangements are just awesome and the musicians offer world class performances. For those who think of Doc as big band, give this one a try. I promise you will not be dissapointed. Buy it now. It's probably one of the best jazz albums you'll ever hear.

Rather what?

The arrangements may be routine, but the playing is anything but. Listening to Severinsen one realizes this musician is incapable of being routine. Masterfully sanguine perhaps, but never, ever routine!

Doc Severinsen el ritmo de la vida

Doc is ALWAYS the BEST ever!!


Born: July 7, 1927 in Arlington, OR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For 25 years, Doc Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America, appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. Known for his exceptionally loud wardrobe, Severinsen often bantered good-naturedly with host Johnny Carson, while supplying the show's incidental music (bridging commercial breaks, introducing guests, etc.). Despite the musical limitations of that format, the Tonight Show Orchestra was increasingly considered one of the best big-band...
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