Teo Macero was the A&R who conceived the two albums on this CD. SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BLUE was designed to demonstrate the talents of four young composer-arrangers--Manny Albam, Teddy Charles, Bill Russo, and Macero himself--working in that still undefined area of modern music in which jazz meets the more traditional "concert" forms.
Each one was commissioned to write an original composition and a new arrangement of a blues or a blues-oriented standard, and to make both blue in feeling. The blues provides an effective bridge from the most primitive neo-jazz to the most adventurous, an instant connection between the music's many schools.
Macero's playing is another example of his versatility. On the swing version of Frank Loesser's score for GUYS AND DOLLS, he plays tenor on three of the tunes, and contributed to the arrangements along with Teddy Charles. Apart from the arrangers, both albums benefit greatly from the presence of some of New York's finest jazz soloist.
Something New, Something Blue
01. Night Crawlers (Albam) (4:12)
02. Tin Roof Blues (Mares-Melrose-Stitzel-Rappolo-Brunies-Pollack) (6:40)
03. Blues For Amy (Macero) (4:44)
04. St. Louis Blues (Handy) (4:31)
05. Swinging Goatsherd Blues (Charles) (4:15)
06. Blues In The Night (Arlen-Mercer) (4:42)
07. East Hampton Blues (Russo) (5:46)
08. Davenport Blues (Beiderbecke) (3:42)
Guys & Dolls
09. Fugue For Tinhorns (Loesser) (2:51)
10. I'll Know(Loesser) (3:40)
11. A Bushel And A Peck (Loesser) (3:22)
12. Adelaide (Loesser) (1:55)
13. Luck Be A Lady (Loesser) (4:43)
14. Guys And Dolls (Loesser) (2:39)
15. My Time Of Day (Loesser) (4:03)
16. If I Were A Bell (Loesser) (3:41)
17. I've Never Been In Love Before (Loesser) (3:05)
18. Follow The Fold (Loesser) (2:33)
19. The Oldest Established (Loesser) (2:48)
Total time: 74:20 min.