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Live on the QE2 by Clark Terry Qunitet

What can we say about a man that was born in St. Louis, made his first trumpet out of a garden hose when he was a child, has played with such notable orchestras as Count Basie and Duke Ellington, influenced Miles Davis and was inducted into the endowment for the Arts Jazz Hall of Fame in 1991? Who can this man possible be (and he's still cooking at the age of 80?) His name is Clark Terry!

On Live on the QE2 he kicks off the release with a selection called Opus Ocean and Clark really shows why he has been in such high demand for all these years. Together with Don Friedman on piano and Marcus McLaurine on bass this piece really cooks.

Says Oscar Peterson of Clark Terry "Clark Terry is one of my incurable weaknesses. His ongoing talent never ceases to amaze me, but rather infuses me with great inspiration to continue creating music."

Track two is a classic called The Nearness Of You and shows Clark in a very mellow mood that sound oh so perfect.

Did I mention that on Live on the QE2 Clark Terry has some special guests? Well, for instance on track three (a favorite of mine by the way) East Of The Sun he's got Etta James performing her little heart off for you.

On track four we get into the Blues with Etta James continuing to perform something called Etta's Fine and Mellow Blues.

Track five is a ten-minute cooker called The Snapper and has Clark Terry and the rest of the group into a fine groove that will have even you up and shaking a tail feather.

We spoke earlier of the great Duke Ellington and special guests. Duke Ellington co-wrote track six called Just Squeeze Me and Clark Terrys' special guests singing it for you is the great Vanessa Rubin. Vanessa gets into some scat singing that reminds you of Ella Fitzgerald, she belongs near that same plateau.

Fabulous styling and diversity are shown off once again by Clark Terry in track seven which is called Is It True What They Say About Dixie?

The Blues are back as are special guests in track eight with the familiar tune Everyday I Have The Blues being sung by Carrie Smith and this is the sit back, kick it and jam on top type of Blues.

Says Clark after Everyday I Have The Blues "You can't go yet. Your dress is too pretty" so Carrie Smith continues into track nine and Coffee Griner Blues/Empty Bed Blues (Man, I hope my bed is never empty. Laugh out loud.)

Track ten is the Charlie Parker composition entitled The Hymn and has David Glasser jamming like no other on the alto sax and Don Friedman doesn't do a bad job on the 88's as well.

Track eleven into track twelve is an intro for Clark Terrys' next special guests and a fantastic one she is. Singing But Beautiful is the Ms. Shirley Horn. This mellow tune is one that Shirley Horn puts all her talents into and it sounds absolutely magnificent.

Track thirteen which is the end of the release is called The Theme and will not disappoint you in the least.

The dates of November 3,4,6 and 7 1999 were one that were not to be missed aboard the QE2 but if you did all the magic was captured for you on Clark Terrys' Live on the QE2. My only wish? That I could have been there.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Clark Terry Qunitet
  • CD Title: Live on the QE2
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Chairoscuro Records
  • Musicians: Clark Terry (trumpet) David Glasser (alto saxophone) Don Friedman (piano, except #11) Marcus McLaurine (bass) Sylvia Cuenca (drums) Guest vocals by: Shirley Horn (and piano), Etta Jones, Vanessa Rubin & Carrie Smith
  • Rating: Five Stars
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