Live in Concert

Live in Concert

by Clark Terry
     
 

Clark Terry always seems to be the happiest jazz musician in a concert setting, and his ability to make his audience feel good probably ranks second only to Louis Armstrong. This undated concert, which was recorded at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival (evidently not long after the tragic events of September 11, 2001), finds the veteran…  See more details below

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Clark Terry always seems to be the happiest jazz musician in a concert setting, and his ability to make his audience feel good probably ranks second only to Louis Armstrong. This undated concert, which was recorded at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival (evidently not long after the tragic events of September 11, 2001), finds the veteran trumpeter in great form, even if he left his flugelhorn behind for this performance. He's surrounded by a great cast of musicians, including alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Victor Lewis. Terry's wide-ranging set includes a pair of swing classics ("Moten Swing" and "Take the 'A' Train"), Miles Davis' landmark modal tune "All Blues" (with a delicious scatted introduction by the leader), and several enjoyable originals by Terry, including the burning bop opener "Quicksand," the easygoing ballad "Elijah" (written for his grandson), and the entertaining "St. Lucia Blues," with some fine muted trumpet and a hilarious vocal. Terry also invites the audience to sing along during portions of his "Love, Love, Love" and the closer, "Bye, Bye, Blackbird," although the latter song was doctored slightly to eliminate the audience's muffed ending and includes only the immediate retake requested by Terry. All of the musicians shine throughout the concert and make the most of their ample opportunities to solo; Terry himself seems almost ageless. The only minor gripe about this release is its somewhat sparse packaging, with a single sheet insert lacking composer credits, liner notes, and recording information (neither the date or the St. Lucia Jazz Festival is mentioned). The music on this CD is also available under the same title from Image with excerpts of an interview with Clark Terry. Even if you already own the DVD version, this highly recommended CD is worth purchasing as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Image Entertainment
UPC:
0014381116922
catalogNumber:
1169

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