Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Young jazz instrumentalists often get carried away with showcasing their chops at a blazing tempo, while forgetting one important lesson known by successful veteran artists. The way a musician plays a ballad lets the listener know how good he is at telling a story; cornetist Warren Vaché is a seasoned improviser who caresses the melody as he improvises, making judicious use of rests, and he interacts with his musicians rather than simply keeping the spotlight on himself. Working with bassist Neal Miner, drummer Leroy Williams, and alternating between Tardo Hammer and Richard Williams on piano, Vaché explores a dozen ballads, most of which will be very familiar to seasoned ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Young jazz instrumentalists often get carried away with showcasing their chops at a blazing tempo, while forgetting one important lesson known by successful veteran artists. The way a musician plays a ballad lets the listener know how good he is at telling a story; cornetist Warren Vaché is a seasoned improviser who caresses the melody as he improvises, making judicious use of rests, and he interacts with his musicians rather than simply keeping the spotlight on himself. Working with bassist Neal Miner, drummer Leroy Williams, and alternating between Tardo Hammer and Richard Williams on piano, Vaché explores a dozen ballads, most of which will be very familiar to seasoned jazz fans. "Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters" isn't one of Billy Strayhorn's most commonly performed tunes, yet Vaché's poignant interpretation brings out its longing character, with lush held notes and just a touch of vibrato in all the right spaces; Tardo Hammer is often noted for his bop chops, but he is equally adept at providing understated accompaniment in a mainstream setting. Vaché's soft, muted horn proves captivating in his shimmering rendition of "I See Your Face Before Me," while his sassy open horn is on display in the whimsical setting of the old chestnut "I'll Never Be the Same." "(In My) Solitude" adds trombonist John Allred, who provides a perfect foil for the leader in a loping, easygoing setting of this gem by Duke Ellington. Tenor giant Houston Person is a guest on several tracks, and takes the lead in the bittersweet "Everything Happens to Me"; he follows Vaché's spry, breezy opening statement in "I Remember You," adding a punchy, vocal-like solo that one can't help but wonder if it's his tribute to his longtime musical partner Etta Jones. Warren Vaché's Ballads and Other Cautionary Tales is easily one of his finest all-around record dates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941143027
  • Catalog Number: 19430
  • Sales rank: 162,758

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Vaché Primary Artist, Cornet
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Richard Wyands Piano
Tardo Hammer Piano
Leroy Williams Drums
John Allred Trombone
Neal Miner Bass
Technical Credits
Warren Vaché Producer
Matt Dennis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Ed Berger Cover Photo
Richard Rodgers Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jim Czak Engineer, Mastering
Eddie DeLange Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Tom Adair Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Mack David Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Bill Moss Engineer, Mastering
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