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)
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