But Beautiful

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Jazz violinists are a rare breed, and female jazz violinist are, well, an even rarer one. The rarity of the species, then, makes a new album by violinist Sara Caswell even more welcome. But Beautiful features Caswell, pianist Lynne Arriale, bassists Larry Kohut and Jeremy Allen, and drummer Steve Davis on a varied set list of standards along with a few surprises. The album begins in a mellow, almost classical mode, seguing from "The Way You Look Tonight" to "Moon and Sand" to the title track. Caswell's technique is pristine here, but perhaps too careful, and one longs for a bit of careless excitement. But Beautiful takes an interesting detour on Wayne Shorter's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Jazz violinists are a rare breed, and female jazz violinist are, well, an even rarer one. The rarity of the species, then, makes a new album by violinist Sara Caswell even more welcome. But Beautiful features Caswell, pianist Lynne Arriale, bassists Larry Kohut and Jeremy Allen, and drummer Steve Davis on a varied set list of standards along with a few surprises. The album begins in a mellow, almost classical mode, seguing from "The Way You Look Tonight" to "Moon and Sand" to the title track. Caswell's technique is pristine here, but perhaps too careful, and one longs for a bit of careless excitement. But Beautiful takes an interesting detour on Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile," a piece with fun tempo shifts and, during the slower passages, a dark undercurrent. A similar deviation takes place on Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," with Caswell offering something like a free jazz interpretation. Caswell's sister Rachel joins the band for vocals on Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," Ron Carter's "Receipt Please," and "Shenandoah." The most exciting of these is her scat workout on "Receipt Please," and how her tone nearly matches her sister's violin. But Beautiful is a solid album, and although it may have benefited from more challenging material, it will nonetheless be warmly greeted by jazz violin lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941130423
  • Catalog Number: 19304
  • Sales rank: 206,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way You Look Tonight (5:35)
  2. 2 Moon and Sand (6:05)
  3. 3 But Beautiful (5:46)
  4. 4 Professor ABC (4:39)
  5. 5 Black Nile (5:25)
  6. 6 And So It Goes (4:43)
  7. 7 Sometime Ago (4:41)
  8. 8 Receipt Please (4:55)
  9. 9 Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (4:25)
  10. 10 Bye Bye Blackbird (5:20)
  11. 11 Straight, No Chaser (4:51)
  12. 12 Shenandoah (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sara Caswell Primary Artist, Violin
Lynne Arriale Piano, Violin
Larry Kohut Bass, Double Bass
Rachel Caswell Vocals
Rachel Caswell Vocals
Steve Davis Drums
Jeremy Allen Bass, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Sergio Mihanovich Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Lynne Arriale Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
William Engvick Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Mort Dixon Composer
Sara Caswell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Dave Weber Engineer, Mastering
Steve Davis Arranger, Engineer, Mastering
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