Rob McConnell's Boss Brass – Rob: Rob McConnell's Boss Brass 4 - 1972 Canadian Jazz (vinyl)
Rob McConnell's Boss Brass– Rob: Rob McConnell's Boss Brass 4 - 1972 Canadian Jazz (vinyl)
mint vinyl / cover - Bin # 148
McConnell was born in London, Ontario and took up the valve trombone in high school. He began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Clifford Brown, Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later with Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. He studied music theory with Gordon Delamont. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass, a big band that became his primary performing and recording unit through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
McConnell assembled the original Boss Brass from Toronto studio musicians. The instrumentation of the band was originally sixteen pieces, consisting of trumpets, trombones, French horns, and a rhythm section but no saxophones. He introduced a saxophone section in 1970 and expanded the trumpet section to include a fifth trumpet in 1976, bringing the total to twenty-two members.
In 1988, McConnell took a teaching position at the Dick Grove School of Music in California but gave up his position and returned to Canada a year later. In 1992 he was presented with a SOCAN jazz award. In 1997, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He remained active throughout the 2000s, touring internationally as both a performer and educator, running music clinics around the world and performing as a leader and guest artist. The Rob McConnell Tentet, a scaled-down version of the Boss Brass featuring many Boss Brass alumni, recorded three albums, The Rob McConnell Tentet(2000), Thank You, Ted (2002), and Music of the Twenties (2003).
Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass became one of Canada's most popular jazz ensembles, performing live and recording for California's Concord Jazz label and a variety of others. Mel Tormé said of his first recording session with the Boss Brass in 1987, "Making this record was one of the two or three greatest musical experiences in my long and checkered career." He died from liver cancer on May 1, 2010 in Toronto at the age of 75
|A1||I'll Be Your Baby Tonight||2:00|
|A3||Monday Morning Choo Choo||1:48|
|A4||Odds And Ends||2:39|
|A5||Agua De Beber||1:50|
|B1||Morning, Noon And Nighttime Too||1:56|
|B2||Hurting Each Other||2:21|
|B4||You've Got A Friend||2:45|
|B6||Never Been To Spain||2:52|