by Louie Bellson



Although the two albums combined on this reissue were recorded five years apart (150 MPH, though not released until 1979, was cut in sessions on May 25 and July 29, 1974, while Dynamite was recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival in August 1979 and first issued in 1980), they have a lot in common. Both are big band dates, and some of the same personnel appear on both: trumpeter Bobby Shew; trombonists Nick DiMaio (the co-producer of 150 MPH), Dana Hughes, and Bob Payne; saxophonists Dick Spencer and Don Menza (who wrote six selections, four on 150 MPH and two on Dynamite); and percussionist/vibes player Jack Arnold. Beyond that, the musical approach is much the same on both albums. Drummer/leader Louie Bellson filled both with originals, most of them written either by himself or Menza, although there is a cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Hello Young Lovers" from The King and I on 150 MPH and then-teenaged saxophonist Matt Catingub contributed the closing track, "Explosion," to Dynamite. Bellson and Menza's tunes are busy swing numbers with plenty of room for soloing by the horn players, particularly Shew and (on 150 MPH) tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. Of course, the leader gets his say, too, particularly on the barnburners that close each album, "Inferno" and "Explosion." The result is a collection that demonstrates the continuing possibilities of the big band format 30 years after its commercial heyday.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431215820
catalogNumber: 2158

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louie Bellson   Primary Artist,Drums
Conte Candoli   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Matt Catingub   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Harry Edison   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gordon Goodwin   Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Don Menza   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nat Pierce   Piano
Bobby Shew   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ross Tompkins   Piano
Frank Collett   Piano
John Chiodini   Guitar
Jack Arnold   Percussion,Vibes
Stewart Blumberg   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bill Byrne   Baritone Saxophone,Woodwind
Gene Cherico   Bass,Double Bass
Nick Dimaio   Trombone
Nelson Hatt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dana Hughes   Trombone
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Ron King   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Loper   Trombone
Andrew MacKintosh   Baritone Saxophone
Timothy May   Guitar
Bob Payne   Trombone
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Dick Spencer   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Frank Szabo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Thomas   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Walt Johnson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Larry Covelli   Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
John B. Williams   Bass,Electric Bass
Gil Falco   Trombone
Billy Byrne   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Louie Bellson   Producer,Audio Production
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Nick Dimaio   Producer,Audio Production
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing,Remix Direction
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Jim Miller   Original Cover Photography
Herb Wong   Liner Notes
Bruce Burr   Original Cover Photography
Dick Hendler   Art Direction
Kent Judkins   Adaptation
Robert Walston   Adaptation
Dennis Staats   Remixing
Jill Simonsen   Art Direction
Carl E. Jefferson   Audio Production

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews