Short North Gazette columnist - So what's he doing now? Visi www. Visit www. Read a October Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc), profile on Fritz in the Chillicothe Gazette. Here is some YouTube stuff: www. Want to learn more about this guy? Jazz Review Archive below December It was followed by air-work at numerous other stations, radio and TV, along with writing newspaper jazz reviews. So my thanks and best wishes to all of you.
Each year, I Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc) forward with enthusiasm to hear how the many creative jazz artists will bring new dimensions and approaches to my favorite carols. She earned and sharpened her formidable chops with such innovative players as vibist Gary Burton and bassist Charlie Haden.
Whatever the style — be it straight-ahead, swing, bop, post-bop, free, or avant-garde — Carla handles it with ease, style, and unlimited creativity. Her superb arrangements are augmented by the bass of Steve Swallowand the German Partyka Brass Quintetwhose members provide trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, French horn, and tuba, along with glockenspiel, chimes, and bass trombone.
The overall sound combines the best of jazz, traditional and classical. Heavy swingers are counterbalanced superbly with the more peaceful, introspective approaches. Characterized by a rich, smooth, velvety elegance, she brings all of those qualities to this holiday treat, which combines eight religious traditionals with three pop standards and two originals.
Her mellow voice is augmented on various tracks with combinations of a solid jazz sextet, strings, and three vocal groups: St. James Quartetand the Broadway Kids Singers. The collection has a strong local connection: Producer Todd Barkan and featured violinist Christian Howes, are both originally from, and worked prolifically, in Columbus.
Corky Hale: Harp! The Herald Angels Swing Laser Light If there is one instrument that is superbly suited to the sounds of the season and to jazz, it is the harp, heard frequently in classical music but infrequently in pop and other secular forms.
Harpo Marx, Dorothy Ashby and Deborah Henson-Conant are three of Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc) best-known harpists; they are joined by Corky Hale, who also excels on piano and celeste, which she also adds to this thoroughly enjoyable program.
November For the reasonably organized, take-care-of-business-promptly people, this column will be timely, and possibly of interest for those who have jazz aficionados on their holiday gift list and are seeking suggestions. For the procrastinators, it could be a last-minute bailout, finding an enjoyable, timeless gift of jazz. So, for both groups, read on. I, as one of those pounders, had forgotten that the song, as originally written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser, is a laid-back, gently swinging celebration of finding that special someone.
Carter recaptures the real sentiment and mood. Some great guitar by Grant Geissman and alto sax by Fred Jackson up the jazz ante from the original instrumentation. This was my favorite track on the album.
To amplify this superb tribute to his musical contributions, the Surge-roster adds such well-known Brecker collaborators as his brother Randy on trumpet and flugelhorn, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman on saxophones, Mike Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc) on guitar, Mike Mainieri on vibes, and Danny Gottlieb on drums, to name a few.
While not the CD for new jazz listeners, this will surely please those who enjoy the edgier, more-complex approach. The overall sound is bright, airy, refreshing: the selection of songs an imaginative mix of originals and standards.
October This experience, imagination, and formidable technique are infinitely evident on his latest release:. Hence the title, Moody 4A. Day two of the session will be released in the foreseeable, logically titled Moody 4B. Backed by his long-time bass player, Todd Coolmanalong with special guests Kenny Barron on piano and Lewis Nash on drums, the Moody 4 quartet brings new life and verve to a group of jazz classics and familiar standards.
Never did I dream there were so many versions-variations of the instrument until I heard this CD. On this set, Brian Brombergone of the most talented and renowned bass players on the planet, unleashes and uses his full arsenal. The listener will hear the tenor Spaceship - Suicide - The Second Album + The First Rehearsal Tapes (CD, Album, Album), 5-string bass, 4-string bass, hollow body piccolo bass, solid body piccolo bass, upright bass, fretless bass, steel string acoustic piccolo bass, BSX5 string electric upright bass, nylon string acoustic piccolo bass, and steel string solid body piccolo bass with overdrive guitar sound.
Not only does Bromberg use all of these instruments, he frequently uses three or more per track. Bassists will love, learn, and borrow from this CD for years. All melodies and solos that sound like guitar are played by Brian on Modern Girls - The Manikins* - The Manikins basses, which are basses with strings that are tuned to the register of a guitar.
A funky big band opens things up with a rousing version of the title track, followed by, three tracks later, a mellow, introspective 6-piece Louis Armstrong - The Best Of Louis Armstrong with strings. Check out shortnorth. This superb CD was initially released on a small, not overly well-distributed label. Thus, not many people were able to find it, buy it, appreciate it.
Fortunately, it is now available on a major, easily accessible label. This was the last recording for late guitar genius Joe Beck, whose playing is, as usual, outstanding — amplified admirably by the creative jazz vocal interpretations of the four-octave-ranged Laura Theodore. The title track is from a movie starring Oscar-winner Ray Milland and the iconic Marlene Dietrich.
The movie, not a musical, involved gypsy espionage in World War II. Murvyn Vye sang the title song, which became a super hit internationally when covered on record by Peggy Lee shortly thereafter. September Diversity dominates and defines the many sounds of jazz. For whatever reason, be it intelligent design or cosmic coincidence, far too often I get too much of the same thing at the same time.
Fortunately there are exceptions to everything and the releases I review this time around represent a marvelously varied collection of musical sounds, group sizes, approach, and complexity. So, assuming you enjoy a reasonably wide range of jazz styles, chances are one or more of these will stimulate your jazz sensibilities. He is the co-writer with Dennis C. A quick Internet search on his name will tell you more about this phenomenal guitarist than you probably want to know.
In addition, many sites provide more than an ample sample of his dynamic musicianship. On this, his 15th CD, he utilizes all of his talents: writing, playing, arranging, and producing. The result is a highly diverse presentation of jazz styles and sounds: scorching bebop, Latin, ballads, shuffle blues, and Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc) funk, to name a few.
In addition, in the course of 14 tracks, he utilizes, depending on the needs of the songs, groups that range in size from his basic quintet up to guest-laden nonets. Added to the wide range of sounds, he includes guest stars galore.
Superb liner notes and individual track personnel credits allow you to see how many players are involved and who they are. He has played Columbus a number of times to both A Strange Day - The Cure - Festival 2005 (DVD) and audience raves, and has led or appeared on countless CDs produced by the most prestigious players ever.
For this outing, he put together an unusual quintet comprised of bass, drums, piano, sax, and vibes, which he leads dynamically through an imaginative, well-balanced blend of 10 tunes, including seven of his originals. The group name, Inside Straight, refers to both a difficult-to-get, usually winnable poker hand, and a homage to the title of the last CD produced by the legendary Cannonball Adderly.
Co-leader and trombonist Brent Hes Altogether Lovely - Cedar Jackson - Signs Of The Times appears on only one track and left most of the work to his compadre, Buselli. For this set, Buselli, director of jazz studies at Ball State amplifies his big band with a piece string section and vocalist Kelleen Strutzwho lends her powerful or subtle voice to five of the 11 selections.
August A new listener, not familiar with their bios, would Jumping All Over The World - Scooter - Jumping All Over The World, based on their power, prowess, energy, and musicianship, that these were well-established young pros, probably in their mids.
Their advantage is that they offer the energy of the young, augmented by the musical techniques- experience-wisdom gained by years of performing.
This current CD, his first since for a variety of reasons, is a prime example of his musical approach. The people need upbeat music to help take them to a better place. His basic trio of B-3, bass, and drums is augmented on nine of the 11 tracks by the jazz power of The Motor City Horns two trumpets, sax, and trombone and other Various - Promo Only Urban Radio: February 2004 guests.
The program is an invigorating blend of grooves. However, inafter two years in college, studying theology and music, he left to work with T-Bone Walker. Inhe joined the Ray Charles Band on Bari, but soon, due to his strong beat, big warm tone, personal and funky stylings, became the star tenor player. Twelve years with Charles led to 10 years with Herbie Mann and other performances with such diverse artists as Aretha Franklin, B.
King, Eric Clapton, Dr. John and others. Inhe went completely on his own as a leader and recorded numerous award-winning and popular albums. The Blessingsadly, was his last. Hearing the CD, however, one would not have suspected his health had gone bad. The strength, energy, musicianship, imagination is evident on every track. A bit of bossa, bop, noir, introspection, and inspirational Newman-flute round Lietiņš = Дождик - Lūcija Garūta - Solo Dziesmas the diverse and enthralling program.
A veteran and respected jazz singer in cabarets, live theatre, film, and TV, with career-interruptions here and there, ie: an auto-truck accident, recovery, family concerns, etc. For more info on this sensational septuagenarian-singer-swinger, check out www. July Legacy Editions sure to please new and old listeners alike. This concept presents the original single CD versions of these recordings — but now expanded, amplified, and augmented with previously unreleased tracks from the original recording sessions, longer versions of the original selections, verbal interplay between the musicians and producers, false starts on some, material that provided the initial concept for the originals, and much more.
The result is a longer, more-complete two-disc set sure to please aficionados of the original vinyl releases as well as those who are experiencing these classic performances for the first time.
At this point however, an admonition, advice, warning to those interested in buying these releases. The series started a few months ago with the presentation of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis reviewed in Take The A Train - Various - Sass & Brass: A Jazz Session (Laserdisc) April Edition. Why Columbia never released these sessions before is a mystery to me. They are sensational and present Brubeck at his best!
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