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"No Laughing Matter" The Bob McChesney Quartet plays Steve Allen -- CD
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No Laughing Matter The Bob McChesney Quartet plays Steve Allen (Summit Records) By Glenn Astarita The legendary humorist and talk show host Steve Allen also authored nearly 9,000 tunes during his celebrated lifetime, a tasty sampling of which are featured on this classy and at times – stunning – recording title, No Laughing Matter – The Bob McChesney Quartet Plays Steve Allen. Here, trombonist Bob McChesney, pianist Matt Harris, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Dick Weller elucidate and to a large extent, reinvent ten Allen compositions as the overall results are often astounding and beguiling! Allen, the Renaissance man amassed a rather large body of work that represents a relatively expansive scope, whether it be Dixieland, Swing, Blues, Theatrical or glib and humorous pieces that serve as vehicles for his witty recitations and prose. With this new release, the Bob McChesney Quartet perform with vigor, passion and fire as if Allen had written these pieces with this band in mind. No Laughing Matter – The Bob McChesney Quartet Plays Steve Allen is clearly top-shelf stuff as the venerable Steve Allen must have been proud of these lads! Besides the truly motivated and passionate performances from the ensemble, McChesney’s quick-witted maneuvers and soul-searching delivery is flat out, mesmerizing! Without a doubt, Bob McChesney is one of the finest trombonists this writer has ever heard as No Laughing Matter is to be taken quite seriously! Highly recommended. Featuring: Bob McChesney; Trombone: Matt Harris; Piano: Trey Henry; Bass: Dick Weller; Drums.