Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Together

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Together

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Lew Green and Joe Muranyi

Together

Arbors ARCD 19377

Lew Green (cor), Joe Muryani (cl, vcl), Jeff Barnhart (p, vcl), Bob Leary (bj, g, vcl), Vince Giordano (tu, b, bass sax, vcl), Danny Coots (dr), New York, July 30-31, 2008.

Oriental Man/ Take Me to the Land of Jazz v-VG/ Together/ Four or Five Times/ Piggly Wiggly/ I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain v-JM/ Mississippi Rag/ I Believe in Miracles v-JB/ Storyville Swing/ Rockin' Chair v-JM & BL/ I Know That You Know/ Green Lake Blues/ San

Lew Green is best known as the long time leader of the Original Salty Dogs dating back to 1957, while Joe Muranyi's claim to fame is his tenure with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars from 1967 until Louis' death in 1971. This is their first pairing in a recording studio. Lew and Joe work well together and with a fine supporting cast this CD is a pleasure. Some highlights are: Take Me to the Land of Jazz, a surprisingly under recorded tune dating back to Pee Wee Russell in 1944 and opening with a beautiful solo by Lew and including a vocal by Vince Giordano; Four or Five Times, taken at a medium tempo enabling both Joe and Lew to stretch out; I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain, the 1927 tune that the Rhythm Boys (Crosby, Rinker & Barris) interpolated into Mississippi Mud, but here featuring a bluesy Joe on clarinet and vocal; San, that exotic and catchy tune from 1921 first recorded by the Benson Orchestra of Chicago and later by the Mound City Blue Blowers, Paul Whiteman (several times, both with and without Bix) and Guy Lombardo (again several times) and here swung nicely by Joe followed by Lew and then the whole ensemble to close out the CD. …

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