David Berger Octet: Jeepers Creepers
Dave Berger Octet
I Had the Craziest Dream: The Music of Harry Warren (Such Sweet Thunder 2006)
Matt Hong (reeds), Brian ‘Fletch’ Pareschi (trumpet), Marshall Gilkes (trombone), Isaac ben Ayala (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Jimmy Madison (drums).
Arranged and conducted by David Berger. Composed by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: New York, April 5-6, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
I can't remember the last time I heard such a dance-able big band chart. David Berger's version of "Jeepers Creepers" will get everyone out on the dance floor. But your Charleston skills will be seriously challenged when Harry Allen and Joe Temperley get into their sax battle. These two soloists fly over the changes, but never lose the swing. This piece perfectly captures the jazz ethos of the glory days. I wish my late father, who won many dance contests back in the Swing Era (only to have his disapproving mother throw away the trophies), were still around so I could play this for him. Heck, even grandma might have started snapping her fingers to this track.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia