Bridging the Gap

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Veteran jazz musicians like drummer Eddie Metz, Jr. encounter the same challenge all of the time, particularly when they play weekend jazz parties: the obvious aging of their audience. Although many older fans resist the playing of newer pop material, musicians have to find a way to draw new listeners to eventually replace older ones. So he recruited Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Nicki Parrott, with fellow jazz party regulars John Allred (trombone) and Harry Allen (tenor sax) added on several tracks. There are plenty of great old standards: delightful, swinging trio settings of "Falling in Love with Love," "I'm Old Fashioned," "The More I See You," and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Veteran jazz musicians like drummer Eddie Metz, Jr. encounter the same challenge all of the time, particularly when they play weekend jazz parties: the obvious aging of their audience. Although many older fans resist the playing of newer pop material, musicians have to find a way to draw new listeners to eventually replace older ones. So he recruited Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Nicki Parrott, with fellow jazz party regulars John Allred (trombone) and Harry Allen (tenor sax) added on several tracks. There are plenty of great old standards: delightful, swinging trio settings of "Falling in Love with Love," "I'm Old Fashioned," "The More I See You," and a sublime "More Than You Know." Modern pop is represented by enjoyable interpretations ofStevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" and Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" and a bossa nova setting of 1970s Italian pop singer Gino Vannelli's "Crazy Life," featuring Allred carrying the melody, while Parrott sings "One Less Bell to Answer," a hit decades earlier for the 5th Dimension. Metz penned the understated "NER Blues," which will be immediately recognized by any seasoned jazz fan as a tribute to Count Basie, while the full quintet is heard in the sassy "Huggin' Higgins," a peppy salute to veteran pianist Eddie Higgins, another jazz party regular who crosses paths with the rest of the band on occasion. Metz has done his part to bridge the generation gap among jazz fans; now it is up to the listeners to take the first step across it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941137422
  • Catalog Number: 19374
  • Sales rank: 343,630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Falling in Love with Love - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (5:51)
  2. 2 Huggin' Higgins - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:09)
  3. 3 Overjoyed - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (5:21)
  4. 4 I'm Old Fashioned - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:41)
  5. 5 Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (5:51)
  6. 6 Bodhisattva - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (5:42)
  7. 7 Ner Blues - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:40)
  8. 8 One Less Bell to Answer - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:18)
  9. 9 The More I See You - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:27)
  10. 10 Crazy Life - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:27)
  11. 11 Little Girl - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:31)
  12. 12 More Than You Know - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:57)
  13. 13 Gotta Get a Hold of Myself - The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Metz Jr. Primary Artist, Drums
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
John Allred Trombone, Guest Appearance
Nicki Parrott Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Rossano Sportiello Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Donald Fagen Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Danny Gottlieb Liner Notes, Author
Jim Czak Engineer
Hal David Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Paul Keller Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ed Metz Jr. Composer, Audio Production
Gino Vannelli Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
John A. Katalenic Arranger
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Francis Henry Composer
Ed Metz Sr. Composer
John Katalenic Arranger
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