29 October 2006
THE RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT'S
More full on big band ball busting business with Herr Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination and Brass ripping it up at Ronnie Scotts in May 1974.
Art Farmer,Dieter Reith,Philip Catherine,Kenny Wheeler,Palle Mikkleborg and the late,very great Sabu Martinez all appear in this incarnation of The RCB and as always Herbolzheimer is at the controls producing,arranging and leading the band on trombone.
As usual this lp has a great set of covers which includes Weldon Irvine's"Mr Clean",Gillespie's "Con Alma"and Dieter Reith's Sidewinder inspired "Hoops".
Herbolzheimer knocked out the rest of the compositions which culminate in "Blues In MY Shoes"an archetypal walking blues that postively impels the foot to tap and the fingers to snap.It starts lightly and quietly with organ and bass generating a lift,then,with a powerfull press roll Kenny Clare moves in on the second chorus,on the third organ and electric piano swop fours,on the fourth the trombones roar in with the theme....and so it goes ,building relentlessly through seven choruses to a beautiful climax of shouting brass before Art Farmer enters with a coolly elegant four chorus solo.Ake Persson and Gunther Lenz follow then the band take the tune out over three choruses ,once again making exciting use of dynamics and providing a storming finish to a musically rewarding and exciting album.
Thanks to Magnum again for a nice bit of cropping on the cover photo-lovely job!