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Snappy Too

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James Morrison is the only musician in the world that can play every instrument in a big band. Now, on this disc released for the first time in the US, he does just that!

A collection of originals and standards.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Aleph Records
  • ASIN: B008RTF2S6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James A. Vedda on January 21, 2012
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James Morrison previously has used multi-tracking to display his talents, notably on the "Snappy Doo" album recorded in 1989 in which he played all the parts in a big band (except for guitar, bass, and drums) on two tracks. That album also included several tracks of smaller ensembles made up of multiple Morrisons. It was superb, and I was hoping he'd do something like it again.
Apparently, Morrison got up one morning recently, looked in the mirror, and said, "Let's get the band back together!" He was able to enlist Jeff Hamilton, the drummer from the earlier album, but guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown had since died. So for this outing, Morrison plays everything you hear except the drums. As if that isn't enough, he also wrote the arrangements for 10 of the 11 tracks. Do you think he has enough creative control of this project?
For big band enthusiasts, this album is even better than the earlier effort because nine tracks feature the big band. (The remaining two tracks include a Dixieland piece and a duet of guitar and bass trumpet.) Great ensemble playing and excellent solos, especially on trumpet and trombone. The renditions are precise but still very expressive, despite having been layered one part at a time. Having done some multi-track recording with multiple instruments, I can say from experience that this isn't easy.
The CD has some good liner notes on the production techniques, the people involved, and the instruments used. Of course, unlike other big band albums, you don't need liner notes to tell you who the soloists are.
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i say unbelievable because for this guy to play all instruments on this album is just that. what a monumental effort on Morrison's part to produce this amazing work! the music chosen is terrific, a nice blend of Dixieland and straight-ahead big band jazz. this is terrific instrumental music, Morrison is scary good on all of them. i highly recommend this album...
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James Morrison is an incredible instrumentalist. On this album he plays ALL the instruments but the drums. He stands toe to toe with the very best on trumpet, and as a trombonist he is also top notch. Worth every penny to hear him play all the parts. Check out You Tube for a humorous video of Morrison playing all the parts in the big band. His skill is jaw-dropping!!
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I heard a cut from this several years ago on a local radio program that featured band music and happened to think about it as I was deciding what to get my older son for his birthday. I remembered the name because it was the same as the singer for the Doors. Interestingly, I had trouble finding it because another James seems to be popular at this time. Finally found it and decided to order it after listening to some samples. When I first played it, I was shocked. It starts with an old Dixieland rendering that sounds like an old record. Then the modern arrangement and sound came on. What a recording! It is hard to imagine that this is only two people. Also, I thought it might be a record of trumpet solos, since that is Morrison's specialty, but he does outstanding solos on several instruments. What a musician! My son plays trumpet in the 25th Army Band and we have just found a new favorite trumpet player and more. This is the first of Morrison's albums we will get. What more can I say? He is not only a great musician, but he wrote most of the songs on the album. I am glad I found this gem.
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The word "monster" is bandied about far too often and too easily these days, when it comes to musicians. But I don't believe there is anyone who deserves it more, than James Morrison. Being a professional trumpeter myself and having heard so many great ones in my lifetime, does nothing to diminish this man's capabilities. His virtuosity on trumpet is phenomenal... But then you add that virtuosity to every instrument on this recording, with the exception of the drums. His talent is Innate, to be sure, but the hours put in to learn and master each and every instrument is nothing short of stupefying! The quality of this album, both musically and professionally will bring shakes of the head in wonderment and awe. James Morrison is deserving of being called a "monster"....
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James Morrison is an amazing musician! His trumpet and trombone playing is virtuosic and very fun to listen to. Jeff Hamilton is one of the very best drummers alive on the planet today! His musicality and virtuosity make it a joy to listen to what he creates whenever he sits behind the set. While it is amazing that JM can play all the instruments, his sax/bass/guitar playing does not measure up to his brass. If he does a "Snappy Three" I hope he hires at least bass and guitar that measure up to his virtuosity on trumpet and trombone.
Still, its an amazing product and great music!
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James morrison is the Maynard Ferguson of Australia. He has impressive chopps. It's remarkable that he plays every instrument except drums. He invented the "Morrison digital trumpet" which I play and it a wonderful thing.The songs on the album have an old feel. (50's and 60's) His playing is awesome but since it isnt a real band it sounds kind of flat. It lacks the overtones and zing that a band full of musicians playing live an in ensembel would have.Still, if you like great trumpet playing and enjoy a big band sound this is worth a listen.
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