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1713 The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited
[TNC Jazz CD 1713]
by Professional Reviews Date Added: Jan 09, 2005
The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited… The arrangements sound as fresh today as the day they were recorded, while the solos lend a modern sound and feel. The melodically lush "Concerto in F" serves as both the overture and finale of the original recording. "By Strauss" is an uptempo jazz waltz that sounds like it could have been on the Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions. Clay Jenkins soars through "My Man's Gone Now", a ballad that eventually develops into a medium swinger, while "Mine" starts as a playful, almost Dixieland-style song that blooms into a medium-tempo swing number. "Love Is Here To Stay" is a cool quintet arrangement with nice counter-melody horn lines. The classic "Summertime" begins in a dark, mysterious mood (provided by the woodwinds) and Higgins soulful solo work that evolves into a fast waltz. "Real American Folk Song" receives a ragtime treatment, while "How Long Has This Been Going On" is in the style of 1940s bebop. The trio version of "The Man I Love" opens some solo space for the rhythm section, while "Prelude No. 2" provides a canvas for the many colors of the big band. The result sounds like a film noir soundtrack. Houghton expanded the original recording with four quintet arrangements of Gershwin tunes. "Soon" is reminiscent of Chick Corea's early work. The samba version of "Love Walked In" is a nice change-of-pace, while the half-time shuffle "Plenty O'Nuttin" and the soul-jazz groove under "Lady be Good" make a great coda to this recording. Houghton sounds great on every cut-just the right mix of chops and support. He avoids the trap of soloing on every track, but his playing is an integral part of every tune. "Remakes" of great recordings often fall flat, but The Manne We Love is a beautiful tribute to Shelly Manne, John Williams and the jazz spirit of Gershwin's music.

Terry O 'Mahoney

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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