Night & Day: Big Band

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Night & Day: Big Band
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1995
RecordedDecember 1994 – January 1995
GenreBig band
ProducerBruce Fairbairn
Chicago chronology
Twenty 1
Night & Day: Big Band
The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 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, with a focus on classic big band and swing music.

Chicago left Reprise Records and started their own imprint, Chicago Records, to re-distribute their music. This album was carried by Giant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music, who also distributes Reprise.

With producer Bruce Fairbairn, 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. 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.


Chicago made its "television variety debut" in February 1973 on a television special honoring Duke Ellington, "Duke Ellington ... We Love You Madly," which aired on CBS. They performed the Ellington composition, "Jump for Joy."[2] They were the only rock musicians invited to appear on the show.[3][4] Walter Parazaider cited the group's participation in the television special, and Duke Ellington's comments to them afterwards, as important factors in their decision to record this album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Chicago"Fred FisherRobert Lamm3:06
2."Caravan"Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Juan TizolLamm3:23
3."Dream a Little Dream of Me"Fabian André/Gus Kahn/Wilbur SchwandtJason Scheff/Jade3:12
4."Goody Goody"Matty Malneck/Johnny MercerBill Champlin4:05
5."Moonlight Serenade"Glenn Miller/Mitchell ParishLamm and Scheff4:26
6."Night and Day"Cole PorterScheff5:36
7."Blues in the Night"Harold Arlen/MercerChamplin6:05
8."Sing, Sing, Sing"Louis PrimaLamm, Champlin and Scheff/Gipsy Kings3:21
9."Sophisticated Lady"Ellington/Mills/ParishScheff5:11
10."In the Mood"Joe Garland/Andy RazafChamplin3:43
11."Don't Get Around Much Anymore"Ellington/Bob RussellLamm and Champlin3:38
12."Take the "A" Train"Billy StrayhornLamm5:36
Bonus Japanese Track
13."String of Pearls"Eddie Delange/Jerry Gray3:07


Adapted from AllMusic.[6]


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Luis Conte – percussion
  • Jack Duncan – percussion on "Night and Day"
  • Sal Ferreras – percussion on "Night and Day"
  • The Gipsy Kings (Nicolas Reyes & Patchai Reyes) – vocals, rumba flamenco guitars and vocal arrangements 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"
  • Peter Wolf – arrangements on "In the Mood"
  • Shelly Berg – orchestration, big band arrangements
  • Bill Watrous – big band arrangements


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 90


  1. ^ a b Night & Day: Big Band at AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "From The Music Capitals of the World: New York". Billboard. Vol. 85 no. 2. New York, NY: Billboard Publications, Inc. January 13, 1973. p. 16 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Zonkel, Phillip (September 18, 1995). "Hard habit to break: The men of Chicago just can't stop making new music". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Lancaster, Ohio, USA. p. 5, "CoverSTORY" section. Retrieved November 10, 2017 – via to read
  4. ^ "Duke Ellington ...We Love You Madly". Billboard. Vol. 85 no. 6. New York, NY: Billboard Publications, Inc. February 10, 1973. p. 17 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "The Chicago Story: Chapter XII – The Next Duke Ellingtons". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Night & Day: Big Band at AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Chicago Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.