This is a hard swingin’ big band CD in the style of the Rat Pack featuring the Hornheads backed by a world class rhythm section playing great arrangements.
When I think of the Rat Pack, I think of entertainers at the top of their game, hanging out having a great time, and sharing it with the audience. To me those Rat Pack shows were all about enjoying the company of friends, laughing and having a party.
But personally my favorite thing happened when they stopped clowning around and started the music. The arrangements were swingin’, the band was cookin’, and Frank, Sammy, and Dean had the crowd in the palm of their hands.
My hope is that this music captures the essence of the Rat Pack when they ruled the entertainment world and the Vegas Strip, celebrating a time when enjoying the company of friends was a priority.
MIchael B. Nelson - Producer
Great for listening or party music, this CD was originally produced for a large retail chain but is no longer sold in the stores. Fortunately, we are able to make it available here.
all horns by the Hornheads
Steve Strand - trumpet, flugel horn
Dave Jensen - trumpet, flugel horn
Kathy Jensen - alto sax, bari sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Kenni Holmen - tenor sax, alto sax, flute
Michael B. Nelson - trombone
Mary Louise Knutson - piano
Kent Saunders - guitar
Gordon Johnson - bass
Peter Johnson - drums
Julia Persitz - violin
Susan Crawford - violin
Nanette Goldman - viola
Bill Goldman - cello
Wade Clark - bass trombone
Scott “Scooter” Nelson - congas
Michael Gansmoe - “Sammy”
recorded and mixed by Rob Genadek, assisted by Zac Bates
additional recording by Zac Bates
recorded at Echo Bay Studios - New Hope, MN
mixed at Modern Music - Minneapolis, MN and Saylesound - Edina, MN