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Guys & Dolls

Artist: Ed Puddick

Date of Release: 17/11/2010

Catalogue no: DDRCD012

Label: Diving Duck Recordings

Price: £10

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Fugue For Tinhorns

4.26

2

 

Follow The Fold

6.09

3

 

The Oldest Established

4.13

4

 

I'll Know

5.42

5

 

Pet Me Poppa

6.06

6

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Adelaide's Lament

4.07

7

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Guys And Dolls

4.31

8

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Adelaide

5.07

9

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If I Were A Bell

7.03

10

 

A Woman In Love

5.34

11

 

Take Back Your Mink

2.37

12

 

Luck Be A Lady

5.01

13

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Sue Me/Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat

10.54

 

 

 

 

Ed Puddick is a prolific arranger and composer, particularly for Big Band. This suite is a collection of individually-styled instrumental arrangements from what could rightly be termed the perfect musical - Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls. Each song Loesser composed has its own uniqueness, as well as being an integral part of the overall story line. Maybe it is this mixture of diversity and continuity amongst the songs that allows an album such as this to work. All the selections on this recording were featured in the 1955 Samuel Goldwyn movie which starred Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. Loesser wrote three new numbers for the film; Pet Me Poppa, Adelaide and A Woman In Love, replacing several melodies that appeared in the original Broadway musical.

 

Reviews

 

28/08/2011 Dave Gelly, The Observer

Just when you thought that the possibilities of the standard big-band format had finally been exhausted, along comes something like this. Probably more than any other musical, Guys and Dolls has been quarried by jazz musicians on account of its jazz-friendly tunes, but Ed Puddick, a young British arranger with a flair for finding unusual angles, has come up with 13 genuinely fresh treatments. From "Fugue for Tinhorns", with three manic trumpets chasing one another around, to the sobbing bass clarinet in "Adelaide's Lament", it's full of surprises. There are no big names among the musicians, but at times the playing is quite stupendous.

 

06/04/2011 Jack Bowers, Allaboutjazz.com

To mark Loesser's centenary in 2010, British arranger Ed Puddick took a fresh look at the marvelous score for Guys and Dolls, modulated its natural syncopation and revitalized it for a 17-member big band.
Fast, slow or medium, these are songs that enliven the senses and abide in the memory. Given such superb material to work with, it's hard for any arranger to miss the mark, and Puddick certainly doesn't. Nor does the ensemble, which is spot on throughout.
The familiar melodies remain intact, as well they should, with Puddick adding warmth and color to the mix.
Even uncoupled from its fabulous lyrics, the score is powerful and persuasive, as is this engaging version by Ed Puddick's impressive big band.

 

08/12/2010 Allaboutjazz.com

Puddick's writing combines the lush voicings of Gil Evans' arrangements for the late 1940s Claude Thornhill band with Bill Holman's linear counterpoint, Shorty Rogers' Basie-inspired swing, and the humorous whimsy of Billy May, providing settings which Loesser (the centennial of whose birth was celebrated in 2010) would have undoubtedly approved.

 

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