Here is Skitch Henderson appearing for the first record in years as a pianist. The former leader of the Tonight Show orchestra has always been a supporter and employer of top jazz players. This session finds Henderson surrounded by some old friends and a few new ones. They have the mutual desire and ability to improvise and swing incessantly.
The tune list below showcases songs by some of the world’s finest writers and lyricists including Duke Ellington, Richard Whiting, Gus Kahn, Johnny Mercer, Mitchell Parrish, The Gershwins , Robin & Rainger plus more. Many jazz groups are accompanied by stodgy and syrup - sweet string sections. Not in this case! The super-hot string players play arrangements by the late Al Duffy of Paul Whiteman fame. Each violinist comes with enviable credentials and strong jazz abilities.
Skitch Henderson is getting on in years and in spite of his fame as as a leader/ arranger, still plays a nice jazz piano. Encircled by veterans Peter Appleyard, Bucky Pizzarelli and Gene Bertoncini, the maestro can do no wrong. These fellows were all members of the old Tonight Show band and are still among the cream of the crop today. The youngsters are Australian born bassist Nikki Parrot who has played with everyone from Clark Terry to Warren Vaché and presently stars with Sherrie Maricle’s "Five Play." Joe Ascione is rapidly becoming one of my very favorite drummers and has played with more stars than you can count.
It’s great to have these stellar musicians in a session that’s very easy to like. I love Hot Violin
and there’s a heavy helping on the plate served up by Skitch and his amazing crew. Highly recommended!