Jazz interpretations of classic television themes, recorded in concert.
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Tom Lundberg trombone
Will Boyd saxes, flute
Doug Rinaldo saxes, flute
Bethany Hankins violin
Ben Dockery keyboards
Harold Nagge guitar
David Slack bass
Keith Brown drums
Terry Vosbein producer, arranger
Graham Spice recording, mixing and mastering engineer
Patrick Hinely, Work/Play® photographer
PRIME TIME presents theme songs from a dozen of the most popular television shows at the close of the last millennium set for an octet of stellar jazz soloists.
Trombonist Tom Lundberg's improvisatory skills are well-known on previous Max Frank Music recordings, as well as on discs with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. This marks his debut as a leader.
The instrumentation sets this recording apart, as it incorporates a four-piece rhythm section, two saxophones and a violin, all in support of the solo trombone voice. The rhythm players are equally adept on acoustic and electric instruments, and the groove never subsides.
Clever arrangements by Terry Vosbein allow plenty of room for pure jazz playing, cast in a setting of interesting colors and rhythms, while never losing sight of the original material.
PRIME TIME has something for jazz fans, television buffs, and music lovers in general.
Listen to Tom talk about PRIME TIME with Todd Steed on WUOT FM Knoxville.
Take a look at some rehearsal photographs, shot by Max Frank Music's favorite photographer, Patrick Hinely.
1. It’s A Jungle Out There (Monk)
2. The Muppet Show Theme
3. Love Is All Around (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
4. Theme from “Frasier”
5. And Then There’s Maude
6. Jeopardy Theme
7. Night Court Theme
8. Movin’ On Up (The Jeffersons)
9. Chico and the Man
10. Mannix Theme
11. Sanford and Son Theme
12. The Rockford Files
All arrangements by Terry Vosbein
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TOM LUNDBERG [tbn] and his octet have issued PRIME TIME [Max Frank Music mfm007]. What we have here are jazz interpretations to 12 TV themes [64:11]. This is not a new concept, even commercial jingles have been mined, but in most cases the music is just jazz-up. Here the themes are given fine arrangements [Terry Vosbein] that are fairly understated and are further mellowed by main soloist Lundberg’s trombone treatment. Bethany Hankins’ violin adds nice color throughout. A gimmick, to be sure, but well done and very listenable.
Prime Time (Max Frank Music – 007) is a collection of a dozen television theme songs played by an octet led by trombonist TOM LUNDBERG. The group comprises Lundberg on trombone, Will Boyd and Doug Rinaldo on reeds, Bethany Hankins on violin, Ben Dockery on keyboards, Harold Nagge on guitar, David Slack on bass and Keith Brown, all musicians based in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Terry Vosbein, a professor in the Music Department at Washington & Lee University, has provided the catchy arrangements. Not having been an avid television watcher, many of the themes that are familiar to most viewers from shows such as Monk, The Muppet Show, The Mary Tyler Moore show, Frasier, Maude, Jeopardy, Night Court, The Jeffersons, Chico and the Man, Mannix, Sanford and Son, and The Rockford Files, are new to my ears. This is not a detriment to enjoying the clever writing of Vosbein, and the musicianship of the players. While having the “Theme” theme to give the album a concept is a good one, this is music that can be enjoyed on its own merit, unrelated to its origins. It should find some prime time in your listening rotation. (maxfrankmusic.com)