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Third in a series of eclectic projects featuring the bassoon and contrabassoon, Allen Savedoff, Kim Scharnberg and Brad Aaron have teamed up again for Standing On Chairs. This time they have created an instrumental pop, rock and blues album, peppered with atmospheric introductions. Featured on the album are the voices of NPR’s Anne Garrels, actor Geoffrey Holder, Blues artist Kal David as well as many well-known Los Angeles musicians.


1. Right Place, Wrong Time Dr. John (Warner Brothers Music) 3:02
John Goux, electric guitar

2. Naked In Baghdad Kim Scharnberg 5:18
Anne Garrels, voice; John Goux, cümbüş

3. Buttermilk Hill Traditional 4:56
John Goux, electric guitar

4. Strange Fruit Allan Lewis (Music Sales Corp.) 4:53
Brian Kilgore, percussion; Alan Steinberger, piano

5. GRumble Kim Scharnberg 5:53
Gerald Watts, electric bass; Kal David, electric guitar; Timm Boatman, outboard motor

6. What A Wonderful World George Weiss / Bob Thiele (Range Road Music, Inc.) 7:14
Introduction created by Brad Aaron; Alan Steinberger, piano

7. Move Your Mangoes Kim Scharnberg 3:38
Geoffrey Holder, voice; John Goux, electric guitar; Alan Steinberger, piano

8. Oh Lord, Don't Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me Charles Mingus (Jazz Workshop, Inc.) 4:36
Kal David, vocals & electric guitar; Don Kim, traditional Korean instruments; Alan Steinberger, B3

9. A Question Of Love And Cocktails Kim Scharnberg 6:31
Abby & Dude, canine vocalizations

10. Steppin' Out With My Baby Irving Berlin (Irving Berlin Music) 3:51
John Goux, acoustic guitar; Alan Steinberger, piano; Chad Wackerman, drum set;
Timm Boatman, taps

11. Take It With Me Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan (Jalma Music) 3:38
Alan Steinberger, piano; Kenny Wild, acoustic bass

12. What Is Hip? Emilio Castillo, John Garibaldi & Stephen Kupka (Bob-A-Lew Songs) 3:47
John Goux, electric guitar; Lee Thornburg, trumpet; Alan Steinberger, B3;
Kal David, Terry Sampson, Allen Savedoff, Kim Scharnberg, background vocals;

Total Time 61:39

The Band:

Alan Steinberger, piano, Hammond B3, pump organ; melodica: track 2, 3
John Goux, electric, acoustic guitar, cümbüş: tracks 1-4, 7, 10, 12
Kal David, vocals, electric guitar: tracks 5, 8
Kenny Wild, acoustic bass: tracks 2-4, 6, 9-11
Gerald Watts, electric bass: tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 12
Chad Wackerman, drums: tracks 2-4, 6, 9, 10
Ralph Humphrey, drums: tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 12
Brian Kilgore, percussion
Timm Boatman, outboard motor, bass sax taps
Don Kim, gumoongo, gayageum, janggo, jing, gang-qua-ri: track 8
Horn section: Lee Thornburg, trumpet; Brandon Fields, alto & tenor sax; Nick Lane, trombone
Kim Scharnberg, sound effects: track 5; melodica: track 7



Kim Scharnberg, arranger
Brad Aaron, sound engineer & mixer
Scott Levitin and Brad Aaron, digital assembly & mastering

Kim Scharnberg, producer
Brad Aaron, co-producer
Allen Savedoff, executive producer


Standing On Chairs Extras


February 14, 2010 Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

Allen Savedoff,  “Standing on Chairs” (Big Round Records). Allen Savedoff’s convictions are deep in more ways than one. As he writes, it’s not often you hear the bassoon, let alone the contrabassoon, in jazz and blues. This funky disc sounds like something you would come up with in the middle of the night. Savedoff—a Rochester native now a bassoonist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—gives us 12 tunes, from “Strange Fruit” to Charles Mingus to Irving Berlin. The bassoon gives deep burps easing into a Dr. John number. In the folkie standard “Buttermilk Hill,” it revs like a car engine. Savedoff explores all the rude sounds of which his instrument is capable, joined by such exotic entities as “canine vocalizations,” “tap dancing bass sax,” “checkout voice” and an outboard motor. You gotta include a Tom Waits song, Waits having a voice like a bassoon. So God love Savedoff for throwing in “Take It With Me.” I sort of missed a singer, because the words are so pretty, but Savedoff’s gruff instrument, set against a wistful piano and bass, is the next best thing to Waits’ guttural croon. ★★★ 1/2 (Mary Kunz Goldman)

January 29, 2010 Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY

ALLEN SAVEDOFF: STANDING ON CHAIRS. Classical crossover albums can sometimes be compared to a watered-down martini, but Rochester native and current Los Angeles freelance musician Savedoff does wonders with a bassoon. He plays blues, pop and rock with no apologies on the black sheep of double reed instruments. The contrabass bassoon opens Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" as a bountiful funk bass. From there, it's a collection of greats from Mingus to Irving Berlin standards, and even a Tom Waits selection. The bassoon may be relegated to an orchestra most of the time, but Savedoff's explorations seem to stem from his experiences as a soundtrack musician. He's recorded in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Spiderman 3 and Wolverine, among others. —Anna Reguero


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