Jumpin' At the Woodside In Summer Freddie Freeloader Stardust Sugar Take the "a" Train Fas' Livin' Blues High As a Mountain Trinkle Tinkle Swing That Music Finer Things In Life, The Listen To Monk Sing Sing Sing
Personnel: Jon Hendricks (vocals, tenor saxophone); Judith Hendricks (vocals, soprano, trumpet); Kevin Burke (vocals, baritone); George Benson , Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin (vocals); Frank Foster (tenor, tenor saxophone); Romero Lubambo (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Al Rogers, Andy Stein (violin); Barry Finclair (viola); Joe Temperley (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jerome Richardson (alto saxophone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Lew Soloff, Randy Sandke, Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Al Grey, Britt Woodman (trombone); Larry Goldings, Tommy Flanagan (piano); Duffy Jackson, Clifford Barbaro, Jimmy Cobb (drums); Ron McBee (percussion).
This CD would be highly recommended if only for Jon Hendricks' brilliant vocalese version of "Freddie Freeloader," which has Bobby McFerrin singing pianist Wynton Kelly's part, Al Jarreau as Miles Davis, George Benson as Cannonball Adderley, and Hendricks re-creating John Coltrane. However, all 13 selections on this very memorable set have their strong moments, and the other guests include the Manhattan Transfer, the Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey, and the Jon Hendricks Vocalstra. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" recalls the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross version, Judith Hendricks sings Louis Armstrong's solos on "Stardust" and "Swing That Music," Turrentine helps to re-create "Sugar," there are a couple of Thelonious Monk tunes, and the exciting proceedings conclude with "Sing, Sing, Sing." Essential music. ~ Scott Yanow