Night & Day Big Band

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Night and Day: Big-Band
Studio album by Chicago
Released May 23, 1995
Recorded December 1994 - January 1995
Genre Big Band
Length 51:27
Label Giant
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Chicago chronology
Twenty 1
Night and Day: Big-Band
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Night & Day: Big Band is the eighteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, and twenty-second overall, released in 1995.[1] It is a departure from Top 40 material for a more thematic project, the focus here being classic big band and swing music.

Following the release of 1991's mainstream Twenty 1, Chicago set about a dramatic return to the old days of artistic freedom without trying to have a hit single. The first result was Stone of Sisyphus, which was recorded in 1993 and 1994, then rejected by Reprise Records, and eventually released by Rhino Records in 2008. In response to this rejection, Chicago left the label and started up their own imprint, Chicago Records, to re-distribute their recently acquired Columbia Records output and, presumably, to release their future material. Despite this, their new "big band" project (in many ways, the root of Chicago's original sound) would be carried by Giant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music, who also distributes Reprise.

Landing noted producer Bruce Fairbairn to helm the project, Chicago recorded Night & Day: Big Band from late 1994 to early 1995 and released it that May. Although Bruce Gaitsch played guitar on the sessions, the guitar slot would eventually be filled that year by Keith Howland, who remains Chicago's present guitarist. As a side note, Joe Perry of Aerosmith was brought in to add a solo to "Blues in the Night."

The album reached #90 in the US, on the Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Chicago" – 3:06
  2. "Caravan" – 3:23
  3. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" – 3:12
  4. "Goody Goody" – 4:05
  5. "Moonlight Serenade" (Glenn Miller) – 4:26
  6. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 5:36
  7. "Blues in the Night" – 6:05
  8. "Sing, Sing, Sing" (Louis Prima) – 3:21
  9. "Sophisticated Lady" – 5:11
  10. "In the Mood" – 3:43
  11. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" – 3:38
  12. "Take The "A" Train" – 5:36

The band[edit]


  • Vocal arrangements by Bill Champlin, Robert Lamm & Jason Scheff

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Luis Conte - percussion
  • Jack Duncan - percussion on "Night & Day"
  • Sal Ferreras - percussion on "Night & Day"
  • The Gipsy Kings (Nicolas Reyes & Patchai Reyes) - vocals and guitars on "Sing, Sing, Sing"
  • Jade - vocals on "Dream A Little Dream of Me"
  • Joe Perry - guitar solo on "Blues In The Night"
  • Paul Shaffer - piano on "Dream A Little Dream of Me"
  • Bruce Fairbairn - trumpet solo on "Chicago"
  • Tonino Baliardo - lead guitar on "Sing, Sing, Sing"
  • Shelly Berg - orchestrations
  • Shelly Berg & Bill Watrous - big band arrangements


  • Produced by Bruce Fairbairn
  • The Gipsy Kings co-produced with Gerard Prevost
  • John KalodnerJohn Kalodner
  • Engineered & Mixed by Erwin Musper
  • Second Engineer – Mike Plotnikoff
  • Assistant Engineers – Delwyn Brooks & Robbes Stieglitz
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman


  1. ^ a b Night & Day Big Band at AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Night & Day Big Band at AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2013.