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Boppin at the Blue Note
Genres: Jazz, Pop
These 1993 live recordings of senior scat singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks are certainly an all-star affair, with contributions from tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, trombonist Al Grey, and Wynton Marsalis, who joins in sc... more »
These 1993 live recordings of senior scat singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks are certainly an all-star affair, with contributions from tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, trombonist Al Grey, and Wynton Marsalis, who joins in scatting as well as playing trumpet. But it's also a family affair, with first Michele and then Judith and Aria Hendricks joining in as well on vocals. High spirits are contagious with scat singing, and there's almost a party atmosphere, whether the songs are well-known standards or Hendricks's verbally adroit originals. The CD concludes with the Hendricks family revisiting the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross vocalese arrangements of Count Basie material, with the richer harmonies of "Shiny Stockings" standing up best. This is a celebration of a significant talent. --Stuart Broomer
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Rick Cornell | Reno, Nv USA | 01/21/2004
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"If anyone else had done this album, I might rave. But this is the man who brought us all of those quintessential LH&R albums from the '50's and early '60's, and the vastly superior "Freddie Freeloader" a mere 3 years prior. Jon shows his age on this a bit, never more apparent than on "One O'Clock Jump." There's no way a 75-year-old Jon Hendricks is going to recreate the subliminal mood of "Sing a Song of Basie", especially without a young Annie Ross, and it was a mistake to try. Best cut on this was "Roll 'Em Pete"--basically because the other musicians could stretch out and jam around Mr. Hendricks. He'll still go down in history; just not with this."
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Nikica Gilic | 07/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent music; it is probably not actually the top of Hendricks' discography but it is a noteworthy collective effort, not just a Hendricks album.
With the entire Hendricks' vocal gang (family), with Marsalis equally effective on trumpet and vocals, with steamin' hot saxes, great trombone and rock-solid rhythm section, the amount of excellent and joyfull modern jazz on this album will warm your heart.
Yes, Hendricks used to be in a bit better form but he is just one of great artists on this CD, presiding over this heated concert (that sounds like a jam session) with regal confidence. Not as good as Freddie Freeloader, this album is still magnificent.