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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 2009)
  • Label: LRC Ltd.
  • ASIN: B000009OOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sketches from the Book of Life by Manny Albam, Phil Woods, Hank Jones, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Mel Lewis, Mike Manieri

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Presbyteros on May 16, 2005
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Manny Albam was a lovely man who was an artist in residence at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) when I was a student there (not one of his). This is actually a reissue of the classic "Soul of the City", long unavailable, with added cuts from an album called "Brass on Fire". Soul of the City depicted different aspects of the city, complete with sound effects. On one hand, it is very evocative of the 60's, but on the other hand, it holds up well, as the best of the 60's. Big jazz band with strings; or studio orchestra as it came to be called. Sometimes you can visualize a movie that it might go with. Recorded with a really bright studio sound, the playing is terrific, especially JJ Johnson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Svengali on July 26, 2014
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First of all, the compositions and arrangements are exactly what one would expect from a master like Manny Albam. This is a "multi-media" album with short recordings taken from life interspersed to enhance the moods of the various compositions.

This album, originally titled "Soul of the City" and released in 1966 on the Solid State label, was produced by Sonny Lester and recorded at A&R Studios in N.Y. by engineer Phil Ramone.

Like a lot of obscure recordings being reissued on CD this was transferred from an Lp and could have benefitted from some digital clean-up and enhancement. (You can always do this yourself.)

Even with a few minor shortcomings this is a worthy album with excellent solos from Phil Woods and others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyonspiano on January 3, 2014
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Master arranger & composer. Great band and amazing recording quality. Some of Phil Woods greatest solos. Fans of 60's big band style will be thrilled.
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