Skitch Henderson: Swinging With Strings
Arbors RecordsARCD: 19252
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Musicians: Skitch Henderson, piano Peter Appleyard, vibraphone Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar Gene Bertoncini, guitar Nicki Parrott, bass Joe Ascione, drums Matt Glaser, violin Darol Anger, violin Sara Caswell, violin Glenn Basham, violin
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Skitch Henderson was the first leader of the Tonight Show orchestra with Steve Allen and later with Johnny Carson. He is the founder and conductor of the New York Pops and has also worked as guest conductor with most of the leading orchestras of this country and the world presenting pops and symphonic concerts. In his first recording on piano in many years, he is joined by what he calls his "Fiddler«s Three" - Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini and Peter Appleyard, all of whom are stars of the first magnitude in their own right. Added to the mix are rising star bassist Nicki Parrott, all-star drummer Joe Ascione, and a swinging hand-picked violin quartet. "The melodies come from the song book of "remember when" and the virtuosity of the player is an education if you wish to enter the proper school of jazz. The arrangements with the strings bring back memories of the wonderful radio days - the Whiteman band, and the creativity of all the radio orchestras. It is strange how old becomes new or ancient becomes modern when the right people gather. We hope you«ll agree."- Skitch Henderson
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