CD: Mike Barone

Barone Live Redux.jpgMike Barone, Live 2005! Redux (Rhubarb). Barone is one of the most accomplished big band arrangers never to become famous. For this reissue, he remixed to improve the sound, pruned overlong solos and added a track. Why “Grand Central” hit the editing room floor the first time around is a mystery. Ernie Watts and Vince Trombetta share the tenor sax glory in Barone’s pungent treatment of the John Coltrane classic. Alto saxophonist Kim Richmond, trumpeter Steve Huffsteter and Barone the trombonist also shine in the CD, but Barone the arranger cuts everyone. A few seconds into “When You’re Smiling,” you’ll be smiling.

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