The Swing Fever Big Band

A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird

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A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird Review

by Ken Dryden

The second CD by trombonist Bryan Gould's group Swing Fever once again features Clark Terry as a special guest, as well as the late tenor saxophonist Pee Wee Claybrook (in one of his last recording session, he's on three numbers). The music covers songs that were part of the books of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, and Fats Waller. Gould's arrangements and trombone are first rate, though Terry threatens to steal the show with his readily identifiable trumpet and fluegelhorn ever time he solos, and his bluesy vocal on "I Want a Little Girl" is a gem. Gould and Terry share the vocals on Calloway's jive number "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird" and also on Ellington's "Just a Settin' and A-Rockin'" (incorrectly listed as "Sittin' and Rockin'"), which is primarily an instrumental showcase. Alto saxophonist Howard Dudone shines on the warm ballad "Come Sunday" along with Terry's matchless muted trumpet. Singer Jackie Ryan is added for a sensitive interpretation of "You Go to My Head" and the lively "Don't Be That Way." This is another fine effort by Swing Fever, and is warmly recommended to swing fans.

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