SALUTE TO SWING!
An exciting cornucopia of some of the greatest Big Band hits of the Swing Era.
Performed by one of the great Trumpeters of our time, along with a group of extraordinary musicians:
Gary Guthman – Trumpet/ Flugelhorn
Sasha Strunin - Vocal
Filip Wojciechowski - Piano
Pawel Panta - El. and Acoustic Bass
Cezary Konrad - Drums
featuring such songs as:
And The Angels Sing, It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Opus One, Don't Be That Way, Stompin' At The Savoy, Loch Lomond, Bugle Call Rag, Moonglow, Take The A Train, Sophisticated Lady,
Satin Doll, Sing Sing Sing, Elmers Tune, Volga Boatman, St. Louis Blues March, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Kalamazoo, Chatanooga Choo Choo, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, American Patrol, In The Mood, Blues In The Night, Besame Mucho, Stardust, Hello Dolly, High Society, What A Wonderful World.
All arrangements by Gary Guthman
Composer, arranger, orchestrator, and trumpeter.
Gary Guthman has cooperated in concert with such renowned artists as Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, The Dorsey Brothers Big Band, Clark Terry as well as the Bee Gees, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Michel Legrand, Anne Murray, Neil Sedaka. From 1999-2001 he was musical director for Michael Bublé.
He has composed, arranged and performed for the “ITV in Concert Series”, “Celebrity Review”, “The Palace”, “The Tommy Banks Show” and has written and arranged for premier performances with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Austin Symphony and the New York Pops (Carnegie Hall).
"I guess there is no better 'jazz school' than getting to know the compositions of George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson or Glenn Miller.
In addition, the nostalgia and pugnacity of the swing era make us approach jazz tradition with full admiration. Such was certainly the idea of the American trumpeter Gary Guthman, who made a wonderful album 'Salute to Swing!' - a two-disc release, which can be
a primer for any jazz fan."
- Dionizy Piątkowski - ERA Jazzu
"This (double) album presents the charm and splendour of Swing for everybody. Superbly orchestrated,with the full power of an Orchestra, which is on the whole a piece of elegant, masterly woven musical delight. Guthman delivers several scorching trumpet solos and the music swings like there is no tomorrow. Guthman is not only a great trumpet player, but first and foremost an incredibly sensitive musician in the broadest meaning of the word, and writes absolutely brilliant music, which sounds instantly as good as any Jazz standard. Nobody makes music like this anymore … a piece of musical history."
- Adam Baruch - Jazz Is Records