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Bob Merrill: Got a Bran’ New Suit!

- CD Reviews

Bob Merrill

Got a Bran’ New Suit!
Boomerang Records
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Featuring: Bob Merrill – Vocals, Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Harry Allen - Tenor Sax; Joe Cohn - Guitar; Bill Charlap – Piano; Jay Leonhart – Bass; Duffy Jackson – Drums; John Allred – Trombone

Special Guests on Additional Tracks: Howard Alden – Guitar (1); Mike LeDonne – Organ (2,8)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 4, 2005

This CD, with well-known ballads in pick-me-up, swing/samba variations, includes generous solos from Harry Allen’s tenor sax, Bill Charlap’s piano, Joe Cohn’s guitar, Jay Leonhart’s bass, Duffy Jackson’s drums, John Allred’s trombone, and, of course Bob Merrill’s vocals and brass. The mellow sambas are introduced at surprising moments. Guest artists appear in three tracks.

Notable tracks:

#5 – Three Little Words – Composed by Kalmar/Ruby. A blazing trumpet lead followed by blended vocals brings Bob Merrill and this CD into the forefront of new brass CD’s. The music is quite danceable, East Coast Swing.

#6 – The Good Life – Composed by Distel/Reardon. A Samba rhythm, created by piano, brass, percussion, and guitar, resonates with sensual and soothing refrains. The guitar takes the new lead and then passes it back to Merrill’s trumpet.

#9 – Can’t Take You Nowhere – Composed by Dave Frishberg. A hot, rousing swing with entertaining lyrics finds Merrill on both brass and vocals. Joe Cohn’s guitar figures prominently, and then Merrill soars with NY attitude and a very cool style.

#13 – Just You, Just Me – Composed by Klages/Greer. Merrill’s vocals precede his trumpet and John Allred’s trombone toward sassy, Savoy Swing, followed by Jay Leonhart’s bass in a charged conversation with Bill Charlap’s piano.


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