At the Mill Hill Playhouse

At the Mill Hill Playhouse

by Kenny Davern



One of the nice things about the revival of classic jazz styles has been the appearance of instruments not originally associated with older styles. Guitar, for instance, wasn't a common lead instrument until bop came along in the 1940s. In 2003, however, no one blinks when veteran clarinetist Kenny Davern is joined by guitarist James Chirillo on Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong tunes. Davern and Chirillo are joined by bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Tony DeNicola for an inspired set recorded At the Mill Hill Playhouse. Captured in one day with little fuss, these players bounce ideas off one another like seasoned road warriors, each offering just the right amount of support and space for the others to shine. The highlight of the disc is the showstopper "It's Tight Like That." Davern and Chirillo push one another forward, ratcheting up the overall intensity. The clarinet soars above the band while the guitar, working as a counter voice, digs deep into the groove. After a bass solo, Davern jumps back in, trading short lead lines with Chirillo for the grand finale. There's nothing sluggish on At the Mill Hill Playhouse. There are good takes on "My Gal Sal" and "Wild Man Blues," and a blazing closer, "Diga Diga Doo." This disc will please clarinet, guitar, and traditional jazz fans, but will also please anyone with discerning taste.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941129625
catalogNumber: 19296

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Davern   Primary Artist,Clarinet
James Chirillo   Guitar
Greg Cohen   Bass
Tony DeNicola   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Kenny Davern   Producer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Paul Dresser   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
George Whiting   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Dave Ringle   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Bryan Shaw   Engineer
Fred Meinken   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Mockridge   Composer

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