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Don't Call it Jazz, Chris Long Part 2


This week we continue our conversation with Chris Long and Jon Armstrong. Chris discusses his time with Concord Records, and some of the projects he's been a part of.

  1. Papa Gato (Charlie Otwell) (4:46) – Poncho Sanchez with Justo Almario, Tenor saxophone

“Hey, Justo. Why don’t we overdub you at the end?” You try stuff and some of it works. The Smithsonian picked this as one of their Latin jazz performances. Again, the track is a community experience with singing, talking, encouragement, and a little humor. I’m much more interested in making music for people rather than for microphones, although I do like a good microphone.

  1. Dawn – The Beginning (Pete Escovedo & Sheila Escovedo) (2:43) – Sheila E., congas & vocal with Pete Escovedo, Latin Percussion & vocal
  1. The Second Time Around (Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn) (3:13) – Rosemary Clooney, vocal with Ed Bickert, guitar

I loved hearing guitarist Ed Bickert with Paul Desmond and Milt Jackson. He flew down to New York from Toronto, plugged in and played like an angel. Rosie did well herself. The song is 3:13. It took 3:13 to make. There was nothing to fix.

  1.  Song For Cat (Henry Mancini & Janis Siegel) (4:03) – Janis Siegel, vocal; Walter Rodriguez, Latin percussion; Abraham Laboriel, Sr., bass and Andy Martin, trombone

I told Janis Siegel that I wanted to do a tribute to Henry Mancini, and she said she had an idea to write lyrics to one of the songs from Breakfast at Tiffanies. Who can cowrite with Mancini? Apparently, Janis. It is a marvel how this track came together.

  1.  I’m Beginning to See the Light (Edward Kennedy Ellington, Harry James, Don George, & Johnny Hodges) (3:37) – The Woody Herman Big Band with Rosemary Clooney, vocal
Host of Don't Call it Jazz (DCiJ) on KISU-FM. DCiJ air's twice monthly on Saturday nights at 7:00 pm.