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J Curve Cincinnati Jazz Collection, Vol. 2
     

J Curve Cincinnati Jazz Collection, Vol. 2

 
The second volume of Queen City jazz yields results that are easily as substantive and satisfying as the first. It's also a good mix of styles, offering three female singers, two big bands, two fine piano trios, a little Latin-jazz and contemporary fusion, some hard bop, and sounds from the swing era. Starting with the singers, Kathy Wade

Overview

The second volume of Queen City jazz yields results that are easily as substantive and satisfying as the first. It's also a good mix of styles, offering three female singers, two big bands, two fine piano trios, a little Latin-jazz and contemporary fusion, some hard bop, and sounds from the swing era. Starting with the singers, Kathy Wade uses a clipped, staccato approach, commendably reinventing and scatting the melody of "Bye Bye Blackbird" with pianist Ed Moss' trio. Judy James' dusky voice perfectly matches the pensively dank lyric of "Angel Eyes" with the Society Jazz Orchestra changing key on the bridge; Ann Chamberlain does a hip-straight swing groove on "Sunday in New York" with the unique combination of organist Wayne Yeager's trio and trombonist Eddie Morgan. Two outstanding flute players grace the collection: Matt Constantine with the SJO, and Sandy Suskind leading the upbeat, clave-flavored take of John Coltrane's "Countdown" with the Latin X-Posure Nonet, and piano from Pat Kelly, which is also quite strong. The best and nationally known pianist Steve Schmidt wittily pushes his "Sunny Side of the Street"-cum-"Confirmation/I Mean You" phrases on his original "Monkyside" with bell-ringing half steps from bassist Bob Bodley and indefatigable brush swing from drummer Art Gore. Teenage pianist William Menefield waxes a wistfully rhapsodic style over the ballad tribute to the slain Ennis Cosby "G.B.E. Cos." The Basie-like Blue Wisp Big Band show their veteran savvy on "Paging Bettie," featuring an extended section for bassist Michael Sharee and Schmidt's world-class pianistics. the Standard Time Quintet dishes out the hard-bop shine of "Blues on I-75" in a mode suggestive of Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Jazz Messenger. Nationally established guitarists Cal Collins and Kenny Poole have at it during "There Is No Greater Love," the most interactive swinger, with Ron McCurdy's deft brush work. Clarinetists Frank Powers and Joe Lukasik also get a feature per cut: Powers with his Classic Jazz Ensemble pining away on the old-time, oompah-pah-derived "Southern Stomp," and the delightful Lukasik (transplanted from NYC by way of Denver) with underappreciated pianist Phil DeGreg's trio on the Larry Clinton chestnut "Satan Takes a Holiday." The lone out-of-place number is the worldless, Brazilio-fuzak piece from Pat Metheny-Mark Ledford, "One More Day," led by the recently deceased keyboardist Billy Larkin and Triage. This is actually the second compilation series of Cincinatti jazz musicians, the first A Slice of Live was produced by Xavier University NPR affiliate WVXU in the '80s. All of the releases showcase the deep-bench strength of great jazz talent that the Ohio city has had, and continues to offer to its local environs and the curious world at large. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
J-Curve Records
UPC:
0669749700529
catalogNumber:
7005

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Collins   Guitar
Blue Wisp Big Band   Track Performer
Billy Larkin   Piano,Keyboards
John Von Ohlen   Snare Drums
Bob Bodley   Bass
Chamberlain   Track Performer
Bill Gemmer   Trombone
Art Gore   Snare Drums
Khalid Moss   Piano
Steve Schmidt   Piano
Michael Sharfe   Bass
Phillip DeGreg   Piano
Kathy Wade   Vocals
Mike Andres   Alto Saxophone
Larry Dickson   Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Folkens   Trumpet
Joe Gaudio   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nori   Trumpet
Clarence Pawn   Trombone
Jim Sherrick   Alto Saxophone
Ron McCurdy   Snare Drums
Steve Barnes   Snare Drums
Miguel Maldonado   Timbales
Ann Chamberlain   Vocals
Matt Constantine   Flute
Mike Wade   Trumpet
Kevin Moore   Trumpet
Garin Webb   Tenor Saxophone
William Menefield   Piano
Max Seigel   Bass Trombone
Frank Powers   Clarinet
Wayne Yeager   Organ
Melvin Broach   Snare Drums
Andy Brown   Guitar
Jerry Conrad   Trumpet
Kevin Engel   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Flora   Tuba
Bead Goode   Trumpet
Eugene Goss   Percussion,Vocals
Bill Jackson   Bass
Sam Jackson   Piano
Judy James   Vocals
Pat Kelly   Piano
Joe Likasik   Clarinet
Ed Moss   Snare Drums
Jim Pelz   Trombone
Kenny Podle   Guitar
Leon Robinson   Snare Drums
Eric Sayer   Bass
Sandy Suskind   Flute
Chris Velex   Bongos
Victor Velez   Conga
Brett Wamsley   Snare Drums
Gary Winters   Trumpet
Randy Winters   Snare Drums
Jim Anderson   Bass
Latin X-Posure   Track Performer
Eddie Morgan   Trombone

Technical Credits

Portia Nelson   Composer
Karen Berger   Graphic Design
Ray Henderson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Patrick Kelly   Producer,Liner Notes
Jim Krause   Engineer
Robert Smith   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Dale Rabiner   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Barbara Gould   Marketing

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