Reference: BMCD 907
Bar code: 8427328009072
California-born guitarist, arranger, and bandleader Alvino Rey (1911-2004) emerged as a formidable foe of the stale phrase and a sworn champion of good sound… which usually turns out to be a brave, new sound, as Rey conceives it. His stimulating musical ideas get a vigorous waxing in these tunes, all ready for a fresh sounding dance party.
This rewarding music finds the notes of Alvino's own console guitar interwoven with the profound and colorful tones of the ten brass (five each of trumpets and trombones), an indomitable rhythm section, and Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax as featured soloist.
In fact, all the tunes in this fine, free, wide-open album are illuminated by Rey's solid musicianship and refreshing innovations that create amodern, high-style “Swingin' Fling!”
“Ping-Pong!” is an outstanding Stereo album that —as stereo fans know— is also a term that describes the effects of sound bouncing from one speaker to the other. And never did a gayer, brighter bunch of sounds get bounced about than these. The sound of Alvino's console guitar is heard on the left and on the right, hopping back and forth in a mad turntable tennis match with itself. On half the selections there are rollicking trombones, bouncing to all positions. On the other numbers there are three bright trumpets to the right, with three of the trombones at left, and let Alvino do the bounding about. Throughout the album, the three rhythm instruments —bass, drums, and piano— are centered. Also, there is a electric bass guitar at right and a standard electric guitar on the left. Alvino, besides bearing the brunt of the solo work, managed to conduct.