Mon, 17 June 2013
Was I alone in thinking that we had heard the last of the wonderful Bob Dorough on recordings? A seminal musical figure in the life of anyone who was a child in the 1960’s, he worked onstage with Lenny Bruce and Allen Ginsburg; wrote and recorded with Miles Davis (“Blue Xmas”); produced Spanky and Our Gang (“Sunday Will Never Be the Same”); and most importantly, was the pivotal figure behind Schoolhouse Rock! Not only did those animated vignettes teach my generation about grammar and math, but the hip-hop generation that followed returned to the tracks as material to sample – check De La Soul’s use of “Three is a Magic Number”.
And now, with Bob pushing 90 years young, we get a new CD, Bob Dorough Duets; which is exactly what its title implies – an album of all Bob Dorough compositions with Bob singing each song with a different artist. On this recording he is paired with the New York Voices, Nellie McKay, JD Walter, Heather Masse, Janis Siegel, Grace Kelly and others, on some of his most iconic songs such as “Devil May Care”, “I’m Hip” (which is my favorite), “Comin’ Home Baby”, and more. The recording also features Grace Kelly, Phil Woods and David Liebman on saxophones, Phil Markowitz on piano, and many other musicians from Bob’s ‘neighborhood.’
The CD is a fundraising project for COTA, the Celebration of The Arts Jazz Festival (cotajazz.org) in the Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania – a local event for Mr. Dorough and his friends. The festival also sponsors a jazz camp (campjazz.org) and youth big band. These events are fostering young talent and keeping jazz alive!
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