Severinsen, Doc and the Now Generation Brass - Doc Severinsen's Closet - Used
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Severinsen, Doc and the Now Generation Brass - Doc Severinsen's Closet - Used

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Album and sleeve: VG (wear to both sleeve and record, but nothing severe)

Don Sebesky played a major part in creating lots of amazing albums.  Sometimes he was great, sometimes over the top, and often both.  This one is clearly the latter, the inclusion of pop hits suggesting this is going to be strictly commercial, but as one might expect from Sebesky, this is both enjoyable and interesting, with side one pretty great from start to finish, opening with a take on King Crimson, which perhaps isn't the most adventurous cut on this set, but it's respectful toward the original and quite enjoyable, even gets its groove going when Ray Barretto steps in to fill a pause, a worthwhile listen for fans of both Doc and King Crimson.  The side remains enjoyable with the Sebesky original "Bottleneck," which sounds overproduced but still offers a lot of fun (and while it sounds like some electronic device was used with the Doc's trumpet, he reports it was just a styrofoam cup).  The side also offers a tasteful version of the Beach Boy's "Surfer Girl" which sounds more like what one might have expected from this album, and concludes with a version of Chairmen of the Board's hit soul single "Give Me Just A Little More Time," which features singers who for some reason remain unnamed. The flipside opens with "Footprints Of The Giant," Sebesky's take on Bela Bartok, clearly another standout moment on the album and arguably the centerpiece, a heady mix of classical music, big band charts, latin percussion, rock 'n roll elements and soul-jazz groove; the band clears away for a moment to let percussionist Ray Barretto drive the band into the classic conclusion.  The second vocal cut, a Sebesky original, is dated material that obviously owes much to bands such as the Fifth Dimension.  Of course the album also offers the obligatory Beatles material, closing with an "Abbey Road Medley" which is filled with dated material as well as explosive moments--the acid-rock guitar of Joe Beck owning more to Hendrix than the Beatles.  While some listeners might find this medley the reason to seek out this album, it will likely give others (such as myself) a headache and a desire to return where the album began on the first side.    

A1 The Court Of The Crimson King 7:30
A2 Bottleneck 3:15
A3 Surfer Girl 2:44
A4 Give Me Just A Little More Time 2:56
B1 Footprints Of The Giant 9:41
B2 Power To The People 2:58
Abbey Road Medley (6:08)
B3 Because
B4 Sun King
B5 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
B6 The End

Bass [Fender] – Bill Takas
Drums – Ed Shaughnessy
Flute – Stan Webb
Guitar – Joe Beck
Organ – Pat Rebillot
Percussion – Phil Kraus, Ray Barretto
Piano – Derek Smith, Ross Tompkins
Saxophone [Alto] – Arnie Lawrence
Saxophone [Tenor] – Tommy Newsom
Trombone – Paul Faulise, Rod Levitt
Trumpet – Doc Severinsen, John Frosk

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