Sixteen Tunes and What Do You Get

by Neil Rosengarden

Released 2000
Released 2000
Cool, Distinctive, Groove-oriented instrumentals played by some of Nashvilles' finest musicians
Neil Rosengarden is a multi-instrumentalist and has been producing for major labels since the age of 19. He was hired by Jerry Wexler in 1971 to be Arif Mardins' assistant at Atlantic Records, where he got to work with many of the greats including the Queen herself, Aretha Franklin.
Sixteen Tunes and What Do You Get - is his Instrumental "Jazz" album from 2000. It features Neil on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Hammond Organ, Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion, and Synthesizer; Jim Hoke on Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, and Clarinet; Billy Huber on Trombone, and a rhythm section consisting of: David Hungate on Guitar; Robert Kogel on Guitar on a couple of tracks; Kevin Madill on Synthesizer, and Hammond Organ; John Vogt on Upright Bass and Electric Bass; and Walter Hartman on Drums. Glen Caruba played Percussion. Jeff Lisenby played Accordion. Neil rehearsed and recorded nineteen tracks in two days, then he overdubbed on it until it was done. The ensemble was tracked on 1 inch tape by Jim Prendergast.
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May 13, 2000

Hi Neil,
I have a friend, Michael Brunsfeld, who I work with at ILM, who lives near your brother, Mark Rosengarden. Often Michael and I share music with one another and on one occassion I saw the Sixteen Tunes and What Do You Get CD in his collection. He told me it was music by a friend's brother. So I gave it a listen.
I ended up liking it so much I hardly wanted to give the CD back. He said he'd ask if he could get me one and Mark was kind enough to drop one in his mailbox one morning. So I've now listened to it many times and continue to enjoy the happy, playful sounds. I see so many influences, Burt Bacharach and perhaps even Henry Mancini, to mention two, but your music still has its own distinctive voice. The swirling beat of Zuider Zee is one of those tunes that you just want to play again right after it's finished. Writing On The Wall has a knockabout Neil Hefti quality. Totally infectious. Just makes me feel good. I also enjoy Cuban jazz and your Mambo #2 stands right along side some of the best I've heard. And Theme From Something Else has some wonderful shades of early Mancini. Gosh you guys even do reggae! Fatherhood is a particular favorite, but all the tunes have something fresh and wonderful about them. Perhaps you've been influenced by the musicians I've mentioned, perhaps not, but it's all great stuff.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed your music, Neil. Needless to say, you've got a new fan!

Best wishes to you and the band,

Kirk Henderson