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Ballads 2004: Tomorrow's Jazz Classics
     

Ballads 2004: Tomorrow's Jazz Classics

 
Ballads 2004 is a simple, straightforward collection gathered from the work of a number of Nagel Heyer artists. The ballads of the collection are mostly instrumental, though several vocals are interspersed among them. The collection kicks off with the seven-minute "Springdale" from Claudio Roditi, an impressionistic composition

Overview

Ballads 2004 is a simple, straightforward collection gathered from the work of a number of Nagel Heyer artists. The ballads of the collection are mostly instrumental, though several vocals are interspersed among them. The collection kicks off with the seven-minute "Springdale" from Claudio Roditi, an impressionistic composition that allows a simple trio -- trumpet, piano, and bass -- to unfold in a relaxed manner. Roy Powell's trio evokes a similar mood on "Love's Circles," a careful composition that combines a light touch with a classical air to achieve a felt depth. Others -- Wayne Escoffery, Robert Stewart, Wycliffe Gordon, and Darren Barrett -- rely on heavier ensembles to interpret their ballads of choice. Barrett's "On This Special Day," in particular, is the heaviest piece on the album, with a fat bassline and a more contemporary, experimental approach. Between these instrumentals, there are fine vocal offerings from Zona Sul (featuring Sophie Wegener), Sarah Partridge, Ruth Young, and Ken Peplowski (featuring Bobby Short). The album ends as it began, with a long instrumental ballad, this time a beautifully realized original called "Wishing Well" by Wycliffe Gordon. Ballads 2004 is an enjoyable collection whether one simply likes ballads or wants to check out Nagel Heyer's impressive roster.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Nagel-Heyer Germany
UPC:
0645347102125
catalogNumber:
1021

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Peterson   Drums
Ted Rosenthal   Piano
Bobby Short   Piano,Vocals
Wolfgang Lackerschmid   Vibes
Herlin Riley   Drums
Klaus Ignatzek   Piano
Darren Barrett   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Evi
Gerald Cannon   Bass
Billy Cobham   Drums
Joe Cohn   Guitar
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon   Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,Vocals
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Rocky Knauer   Bass
Sarah Partridge   Vocals
Jean-Louis Rassinfosse   Bass
Claudio Roditi   Trumpet,Vocals
Rodney Whitaker   Bass
Rene Worst   Bass
Ron Johnston   Synthesizer,Piano
Walter Lang   Piano
Wesley Wirth   Electric Bass
Terje Gewelt   Bass
Myron Walden   Alto Saxophone
Jeff Brillinger   Drums
Jarle Vespestad   Drums
Glen Pearson   Piano
Daniel May   Piano
Joe Fitzgerald   Bass
Rick Germanson   Piano
Dylan Cramer   Alto Saxophone
Roy Powell   Piano
Walter "Kid" Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Escoffery   Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet
Benjamin May   Bass
Farid Barron   Piano
Tizian Jost   Piano
Benny Lackner   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Group Member
Derek Nievergelt   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Ruth Young   Vocals
John Nolan   Drums

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Darren Barrett   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Wycliffe Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer
Lou Carter   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Roy Powell   Composer
Wayne Escoffery   Composer
Benny Lackner   Composer
String Zone   Composer

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