Rob McConnell

Tribute

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Tribute Review

by Scott Yanow

For this out-of-print Pausa LP, which was put out in Europe by MPS, arranger Rob McConnell pays tribute to six then-recently deceased jazz greats (Cannonball Adderley, Gary McFarland, Frank Rosolino, Blue Mitchell, Bill Evans and Paul Desmond) by playing a song written by each. With such soloists as altoist Moe Koffman (featured on "Things Are Getting Better"), trumpeters Guido Basso and Sam Noto, altoist Jerry Toth (playing Desmond's "Wendy") and pianist James Dale (heard on Evans' "My Bells"), there are plenty of fireworks heard throughout the date. But actually, the main stars are McConnell's inventive and swinging arrangements.