Rob McConnell: Things Ain't What They Used to Be


Things Ain't What They Used To Be


Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass


Brassy and Sassy (Concord 4508)

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Big band featuring soloists Rick Wilkins (tenor sax), Ed Bickert (guitar)


Composed by Mercer Ellington, arranged by Rob McConnell


Recorded: Toronto, February 2, 1992


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Despite its name -- the Boss Brass -- Rob McConnell’s Canadian big band does indeed include full saxophone and rhythm sections. And McConnell’s fresh-sounding arrangement of Mercer Ellington’s medium-tempo blues “Things Ain't What They Used To Be” gives all the horns an opportunity to shine collectively on a long unison ensemble passage adroitly written in the style of a bebop improvisation.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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