Tommy Newsom – Friendly Fire (2000)

Tommy Newsom - Friendly Fire (2000)
Artist: Tommy Newsom
Album: Friendly Fire
Genre: Mainstream Jazz, Cool
Origin: USA
Released: 2000
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Close Your Eyes
Just Friends
Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Cotton Tail
Stardust See All 3 .
(I Would Do) Anything For You
Billie’s Bounce
Easy Living
Take the “a” Train
Rainbow Connection
Things Ain’T What They Used To Be


Tommy Newsom spent such a long time in the Tonight Show Orchestra that jazz fans overlook his contributions. Finally recording regularly as a leader at the dawn of the 21st century, this solidly swinging tenor saxophonist has plenty to say on this studio session, which covers the music of several decades. Joined by veteran valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen and a rhythm section including pianist John F. Hammond, guitarist Bob Bain, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Dave Hunt, Newsom’s imaginative arrangements bring out the best in each track. The songs lean heavily toward the swing era, including an easygoing “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” a lush “Star Dust,” and a pulsating “Cotton Tail.” But Newsom adds a cool-toned “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” featuring a beautifully interwoven counter melody by Enevoldsen, a snappy take of Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce,” and a waltzing treatment of a song made famous on Sesame Street, “The Rainbow Connection,” the latter which omits the horns. The musicianship of all parties is superb throughout this delightful session.
Review by Ken Dryden