Pirouet Jazz Compilation, Vol. 1: The Best Is Yet To Come

Pirouet Jazz Compilation, Vol. 1: The Best Is Yet To Come

by Marc Copland
     
 
Over the years, countless American jazz musicians have pointed out that their efforts to market and promote themselves did not include the United States alone. They also included Europe, where the resources ranged from jazz clubs to jazz musicians to jazz promoters to jazz labels. It's no coincidence that so many jazz compilations released by small independent labels

Overview

Over the years, countless American jazz musicians have pointed out that their efforts to market and promote themselves did not include the United States alone. They also included Europe, where the resources ranged from jazz clubs to jazz musicians to jazz promoters to jazz labels. It's no coincidence that so many jazz compilations released by small independent labels in Europe are full of American improvisers; contact with the United States is the norm for European jazz indies. And there is no shortage of American names on Pirouet's The Best Is Yet to Come, which the Munich, Germany-based Pirouet Records assembled in late 2008. The American musicians on this 79-minute CD include, among others, trumpeter Tim Hagans, guitarist John Abercrombie, acoustic pianist Bill Carrothers, and drummer Bill Stewart. But by no means does the compilation focus on U.S.-based musicians exclusively. Some of the recordings are by European players, and that includes tracks by four different German pianists: Walter Lang, Jr. (who joins forces with American alto sax great Lee Konitz on "Way Too Early"), Pablo Held, John Schröder, and Achim Kaufmann. And regardless of whether a musician on this disc is from the U.S. or Europe, Pirouet sees to it that the compilation has a stylistic continuity; the selections, for the most part, are intellectual post-bop. This isn't one of those ultra-diverse jazz compilations where you can expect to hear Dixieland one minute, fusion the next minute, and hard bop or soul-jazz after that; Pirouet pretty much maintains a post-bop focus, occasionally straying a bit into mildly avant-garde territory but never venturing too far into the avant-garde. Overall, The Best Is Yet to Come paints an attractive picture of the label's contributions to straight-ahead post-bop jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Pirouet Records
UPC:
0675754012564
catalogNumber:
3036
Rank:
266983

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Copland   Primary Artist,Piano
John Abercrombie   Guitar
Larry Goldings   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Billy Hart   Drums
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Gary Peacock   Bass
Tim Hagans   Trumpet
Riccardo del Fra   Bass
Jim Black   Drums
Drew Gress   Bass
Kevin Hays   Piano
Tony Martucci   Drums
Bill Stewart   Drums
John Taylor   Piano
Walter Lang   Piano
Bill Carrothers   Piano
Achim Kaufmann   Piano
John Ruocco   Clarinet
John Schröder   Piano
Christian Weidner   Alto Saxophone
Valdi Kolli   Bass
Jason Seizer   Tenor Saxophone
Matthias Pichler   Bass
Pablo Held   Piano
Jochen Ruckert   Drums
Jonas Burgwinkel   Drums
Oliver Steidle   Drums
Oliver Potratz   Bass
Robert Landfermann   Bass

Technical Credits

John Abercrombie   Composer
Marc Copland   Composer
Bill Stewart   Composer
Walter Lang   Composer
Bill Carrothers   Composer
Achim Kaufmann   Composer
John Ruocco   Composer
John Schröder   Composer
Jason Seizer   Composer
Konstantin Kern   Cover Design
Pablo Held   Composer

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