Louie Bellson & Clark Terry: Terry's Mood
Louie Bellson & Clark Terry
Louie & Clark Expedition 2 (Percussion Power)
Clark Terry (trumpet),
Stantawn Kendrick (reeds), Albert Alva (reeds), Steve Guerra (tenor sax), Whitney Slaten (tenor sax), Adam Schroeder (baritone sax), Stafford Hunter (trombone), Andrae Murchison (trombone), Cameron MacManus (trombone), Jack Jeffers (bass trombone), Frank Greene (trumpet & flugelhorn), Tony Lujan (trumpet & flugelhorn), Stjepko Gut (trumpet & flugelhorn), Greg Glassman (trumpet & flugelhorn), Helen Sung (piano) Marcus McLaurine (bass), Sylvia Cuenca (drums), Kenny Washington (drums).
Conducted by Albert Alva. Composed by Louie Bellson. Arranged by Tommy Newsom.
Recorded: New York, May 29-30, 2007
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark made only one expedition; it spanned two years (1804-1806) and covered lots of territory. And what about the second Louie & Clark Expedition? Oh, I'm sorry, that was a different duo, drummer Louie Bellson and trumpeter Clark Terry. But though this trip took only two days in the studio, it also covered lots of territory. Bellson steps away from his drum kit and highlights his skills as a composer on this track. Terry is the featured soloist on a song that bears his name. What a delight to hear two octogenarians, great contributors to the jazz idiom, still making their mark. Terry, the subject of a recent featured interview in these pages, still plays with style and personality. I'm not sure what "Terry's Mood" was, but judging by the results, it was a swingin' one.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia