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Label: MPS

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Big Band

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  • 1Let's Face the Music and Dance03:27
  • 2I'm All Smiles03:30
  • 3You Stepped out of a Dream03:08
  • 4I'm Glad There Is You03:34
  • 5Get out of Town04:49
  • 6By Strauss03:42
  • 7When Your Lover Has Gone04:20
  • 8Gloria04:28
  • 9Sweet and Lovely03:40
  • 10High School Cadets02:07
  • Total Runtime36:45

Info for All Smiles (Remastered)

Without ever making concessions to the trend of the moment, the Kenny Clarke–Francy Boland Big Band was the embodiment of the timeless art of the jazz orchestra. Its play was proof positive that a jazz big band compiled of top-flite musicians from both sides of the Atlantic could take off and soar. Regarded as the most important big band outside of the US, this bi-continental orchestra recorded over two dozen albums, close to a third of these under the SABA and MPS labels. Recorded in May, 1968, All Smiles was one of the Band’s highpoints. The album exhibits a style that became synonymous with this US-European enterprise: it not only swung – it was the perfect vehicle for Boland’s sophisticated modern arrangements. Trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott, as well as special guest vibraphonist Dave Pike are some of the jazz giants among the soloists in this 17-man combo who turn out some masterly short portraits. From the fleet-footed waltz I’m All Smiles to the bluesy party piece, By Strauss and the sensuous theme from Gloria, the journey continues on through to the furious John Phillip Souza finale, High School Cadets. Preferring varicolored intricacy over massive walls of sound, The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band stood up against the constant flow of momentary fads, remaining true to the inventive tradition of the great big bands.

Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone
Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophone
Tony Coe, tenor saxophone
Derek Humble, alto saxophone
Sahib Shihab, baritone saxophone
Erik Van Lier, trombone
Nat Peck, trombone
Åke Persson, trombone
Benny Bailey, trumpet
Idrees Sulieman, trumpet
Jimmy Deuchar, trumpet
Sonny Grey, trumpet
Jimmy Woode, bass
Kenny Clare, drums
Dave Pike, vibraphone

Recorded May 13th/14th 1968 at Lindström Studios, Cologne
Engineered by Wolfgang Hirschmann
Produced by Gigi Campi

Digitally remastered

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