Monday, August 22, 2016

Rob McConnell - Trio Sketches

A pleasant change-of-pace date for Rob McConnell. He's well known as a longtime big-band leader, arranger and conductor, but he turned to the trio format on this session and made a nice adjustment. McConnell's warm, inviting valve trombone solos, abetted by Ed Bickert's equally enticing guitar and Neil Swainson's dependable bass, made music that wasn't overly challenging, yet wasn't vapid or of background caliber. They blended show tunes and popular standards, and included an intriguing number by Clare Fischer, "Ornithardy." This was a nice date by three musicians much better known for contributions to other situations.
Ron Wynn

Source :

Rob McConnell
Ed Bickert
Neil Swainson
Trio Sketches


1 Snow White (Bass, Laws)  5:27
My Ideal (Chase, Robin, Whiting)  3:42
3 I Have Dreamed (Hammerstein II, Rodgers)  7:48
4 Can't We Be Friends ? (James, Swift)  8:26
5 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Borodin, Forrest, Wright)  5:15
6 Medley
This Love of Mine/This Is Always (Gordon, Sanicola, Jr., Parker, Sinatra, Warren)  4:08
7 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  4:29
8 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter) (Ahlert, Young)  8:07
9 Ornithardy (Fischer)  5:14
10 'Deed I Do (Hirsch, Rose)  8:04


Rob McConnell - tb
Ed Bickert - g
Neil Swainson - b

Recorded at Manta Eastern Sound, Toronto, Canada ; May 20 & 21, 1993


AmyBRAINS said...

New to me. It's a nice album.
Many thanks, Leopold.

ita diegues said...

Thank you very much.

migue said...


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Jazz Sardinnya said...

hello; Great album !! buy I do not find the pass word


migue said...

pass is bloom!

Rick said...

Thanks Mel this one's new to me too. Bickert is a fine player.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

Blue Eyes said...

Yes Ed Bickert is an excellent guitarist for sure (love his rhythmical phrasing).Many thanks Melanchthon for this upgrade!

Chris Doering said...

File has expired - if you could re-upload it I would be most grateful. I am such a fan of Ed Bickert's playing.

Anonymous said...

Dear Leopold, re-upload this CD, please!

Rich Roberge said...

Hi Mel. The link for Rob McConnell - Trio Sketches is broken. Is there another link? Thank you so much in advance.

Melanchthon said...

cvllos said...

Can't lose any recording of Bickert; thanks once more, Melanchthon!

deGallo said...

Nice!! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for this. Ed Bickert remains in the shadow to this day. I saw him a number of times when living in Toronto and was always suitably imperssed, not least by his playing a (modified) telecaster.

Kovina Kris said...

Have this but it's one of my favorite albums. Great stuff!

Starchild said...

Hi Melanchthon,

Please re-up this one again. Many thanks.