J Curve Cincinnati Jazz Collection, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: J-Curve Records
  • UPC: 669749700529
  • Catalog Number: 7005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues on Interstste 75 - Standard Time (4:15)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blackbird - Ed Moss Trio (4:12)
  3. 3 Countdown (4:59)
  4. 4 Sunday in New York - Chamberlan (4:26)
  5. 5 Paging Bettie (5:47)
  6. 6 B.E. Cos (5:43)
  7. 7 One More Day - Triage (5:05)
  8. 8 Satan Takes a Holiday - Joe Lukasik (3:53)
  9. 9 Angel Eyes - Judy James (4:20)
  10. 10 Monkyside - Steve Schmidt (4:37)
  11. 11 There Is No Greater Love - Kenny Poole Quartet (4:42)
  12. 12 Southern Stomps - Frank Powers Classic Jazz Ensemble (4:20)
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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
Al 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
Dan Murphy Mastering
Robert Smith Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Dale Rabiner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Barbara Gould Marketing
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