Jubilation: In Bern at Maria

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Cornet veteran Warren Vaché and the marvelous trombonist John Allred are immediately and undoubtedly identifiable as virtuoso jazz players. Putting the two brass players together with no saxophonists might be a risky proposal for some listeners, but they do fit together in harmonious symmetry, both on a timbral and stylistic level. These live sessions split emphasis between American popular songs, classic or vintage jazz, and some cool-toned hard bop. The excellent but unsung modern pianist Tardo Hammer is quite influential to the flexibility of this quintet, as his deft phrasings, shadings, and comping spectrally color the band. With Hammer, rising star bassist Nicki...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Cornet veteran Warren Vaché and the marvelous trombonist John Allred are immediately and undoubtedly identifiable as virtuoso jazz players. Putting the two brass players together with no saxophonists might be a risky proposal for some listeners, but they do fit together in harmonious symmetry, both on a timbral and stylistic level. These live sessions split emphasis between American popular songs, classic or vintage jazz, and some cool-toned hard bop. The excellent but unsung modern pianist Tardo Hammer is quite influential to the flexibility of this quintet, as his deft phrasings, shadings, and comping spectrally color the band. With Hammer, rising star bassist Nicki Parrott, and the great drummer Leroy Williams, this rhythm section exhibits a chemistry that many others would give their eyeteeth for. The program switches back and forth between the older songs and modern bop, but it is seamlessly stitched together and flows nicely. Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" and "Strollin'" are naturally laid-back, and in the hands of Vaché and Allred, are injected with additional spirit and well-conceived harmonic variations. The Junior Mance soul-jazz number "Jubilation" swings quite well and is rendered as if they'd done it for years. "Old Devil Moon" ups the fun quotient with the brass players locked in unison, "They Can't Take That Away from Me" has Allred in on a second chorus with digressions on the repeat chorus, and "Caravan" is surprisingly understated. The zinger is "Sweet Hunk o' Trash," with Parrott in a cutesy Peggy Lee mood and Vaché copping a goofy Jack Sheldon persona, trading humorous vocal banter, and you also get a Dixieland-type tradeoff counterpoint jam in "Strike Up the Band." Each horn receives one showcase tune apiece -- Vaché dripping pure pining emotion during "My One and Only Love" and Allred jumping up for the midtempo bossa nova take of "Change Partners." Why John Allred has not been hailed over his career as a truly great trombonist is one of the more criminal acts in modern jazz history. It also bears repeating that this rhythm section -- individually and collectively -- is outstanding. In the liner notes, Vaché says he would be happy to keep this band together for the next 20 years. Two thumbs up to that!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941136920
  • Catalog Number: 19369

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Devil Moon - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (5:31)
  2. 2 They Can't Take That Away from Me - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (7:48)
  3. 3 Song for My Father - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (6:47)
  4. 4 My One and Only Love - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (6:25)
  5. 5 Change Partners - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (8:08)
  6. 6 Strollin' - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (7:40)
  7. 7 Sweet Hunk O' Trash - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (4:13)
  8. 8 Jubilation - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (7:01)
  9. 9 Strike Up the Band - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (6:34)
  10. 10 Caravan - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (6:02)
  11. 11 We'll Be Together Again - The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Vaché Primary Artist, Cornet, Vocals
Tardo Hammer Piano
Leroy Williams Drums
John Allred Trombone
Nicki Parrott Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Warren Vaché Producer, Audio Production
Irving Mills Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Burton Lane Composer
Junior Mance Composer
F.E. Miller Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
John Allred Producer, Audio Production
Alan Nahigian Cover Photo
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Guy Wood Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Frankie Lane Composer
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