Peter Welker

Paradise Is Awfully Nice

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Paradise Is Awfully Nice is a heartfelt tribute by arranger-trumpeter-flugelhornist Peter Welker to his recently deceased mother Elisabeth Welker, who was a singer in the swing era and a teacher at the Berklee College of Music. Even with some emotional moments (many of the musicians participating knew Elisabeth Welker), the music is mostly cheerful and swinging. The repertoire emphasizes standards and among the many soloists are tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, mandolinist David Grisman (on "Chelsea Bridge"), trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, pianist Smith Dobson (on one of his last recordings), and guitarist Randy Vincent along with Welker. The arrangements are often exciting, there is plenty of variety in moods and tempos, and the overall results are memorable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Peter Welker feat: Rene Jenkins / Gus Klein / Floyd Reinhart / Mike Whitwell 00:55 Amazon
2 Peter Welker feat: Edgar Bergen / Rene Jenkins / Gus Klein / Floyd Reinhart / Ernie Watts / Mike Whitwell 04:42 Amazon
3 Peter Welker feat: Mel Graves / David Grisman / Rene Jenkins / George Marsh / Jim Rothermel / Rita Thies / Colin Wenhardt / Mike Whitwell 07:18 Amazon
4 Peter Welker feat: Doug Delaney / Smith Dobson / Rene Jenkins / Herb Pomeroy / Jim Rothermel / Barry Ullman / Mike Whitwell 07:36 Amazon
5 Peter Welker feat: Doug Delaney / Bennett Friedman / Rene Jenkins / Herb Pomeroy / Jim Rothermel / Mike Whitwell 08:04 Amazon
6 Peter Welker feat: Doug Delaney / Bennett Friedman / Rene Jenkins / Herb Pomeroy / Jim Rothermel / Mike Whitwell 04:46 Amazon
7 Peter Welker feat: Edgar Bergen / Jon Crosse / Doug Delaney / Rene Jenkins / Randy Vincent / Ernie Watts / Mike Whitwell 07:10 Amazon
8 Peter Welker feat: Doug Delaney / Smith Dobson / Rene Jenkins / Herb Pomeroy / Jim Rothermel / Barry Ullman / Mike Whitwell 07:54 Amazon
9 Peter Welker feat: Doug Delaney / Smith Dobson / Rene Jenkins / Herb Pomeroy / Jim Rothermel / Barry Ullman / Mike Whitwell 06:44 Amazon
10 Peter Welker feat: Edgar Bergen / Jon Crosse / Doug Delaney / Rene Jenkins / Randy Vincent / Ernie Watts / Mike Whitwell 06:55 Amazon
11 Peter Welker feat: Norton Buffalo 04:39 Amazon
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