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Skylark

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Amazingly, this early-'00s CD is only Tom Lellis' fourth album; by that time, a jazz veteran as talented and expressive as Lellis should have had a much larger catalog. But then, the music world can be a mind-boggling, frustrating place, and talent isn't always rewarded the way it should be. Lellis sounds like he is making up for lost recording time on this ambitious disc, which finds him being backed by Holland's Metropole Orchestra conducted by American jazzman John Clayton. Being an orchestral project, Skylark is more arranged than Lellis' small-group efforts. But the musicians still get in some meaningful solos, including trombonist Bart Van Lier and tenor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Amazingly, this early-'00s CD is only Tom Lellis' fourth album; by that time, a jazz veteran as talented and expressive as Lellis should have had a much larger catalog. But then, the music world can be a mind-boggling, frustrating place, and talent isn't always rewarded the way it should be. Lellis sounds like he is making up for lost recording time on this ambitious disc, which finds him being backed by Holland's Metropole Orchestra conducted by American jazzman John Clayton. Being an orchestral project, Skylark is more arranged than Lellis' small-group efforts. But the musicians still get in some meaningful solos, including trombonist Bart Van Lier and tenor saxophonist Leo Janssen. Of course, Lellis' vocals are the main attraction, and the singer really shines on a variety of material. Lellis, much to his credit, isn't the sort of jazz vocalist who is content to sing overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses exclusively and do them the same old way -- he is much too ambitious for that type of knee-jerk approach. Lellis won't exclude a song just because it was written in the '30s or '40s, but unlike a lot of the derivative Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald wannabes who labels are so quick to record, he looks for great songs from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. On this CD which has been sold on the Metropole Orchestra's website, Lellis turns his attention to songs that range from Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" to Chick Corea's "Straight Up and Down" which he wrote lyrics for to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Falando de Amor." Brazilian music is a priority on this CD, and the singer revisits "Milton's Moment" Lellis' ode to Brazilian great Milton Nascimento and Toninho Horta's "Mountain Flight." Skylark is enthusiastically recommended to fans of post-bop vocal jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Adventure Music
  • UPC: 823421105020
  • Catalog Number: 1050
  • Sales rank: 322,192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Lellis Primary Artist, Vocals
Bart Van Lier Trombone
Cor Bakker Synthesizer, Piano
Max Boeree Saxophone
Hans Bonsel Cello
John Clayton Conductor
Lucia Domski Violin
Linda Dumessie Violin
Jan Elsink Trombone
Wim Grin Cello
Olaf Groesz Cello
Henk Heijink Trumpet
Jan Hollander Trumpet
Jan Hollestelle Bass
Leo Janssen Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rami Koch Violin, Concert Master
Wim Kok Violin
Eddy Koopman Percussion
Roel Koster Horn
Cees Kranenburg Drums
Rob Langereis Guitar
Jan Oosthof Trumpet
Marijn Rombout Violin
Denise Ruyters Violin
Dick Vennik Saxophone
Aimee Versloot Viola
Simone Vierstra Violin
Hans Vroomans Synthesizer, Piano
Paul Woesthuis Trombone
Arlia de Ruiter Violin, Concert Master
Martin De Ruiter Oboe
Rosetty de Ruiter-Verwoerdt Harp
Herman Rieken Percussion
Ruud Breuls Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Peter Tiehuis Guitar
Mieke Honingh Viola
Lex Bolderdijk Bass
Ernö Olah Violin
Erica Korthals Altes Violin
Martin V.D. Berg Bass Trombone
Elisabeth Cats Violin
Friederike Darius Flute
Julia Jowett Viola
Arend Liefkes Bass
Marc Scholten Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Joke Schonewille Harp
Leo Van Oostrom Saxophone
Willem Luijt Oboe
David Peijnenborgh Violin
Mike Schäperclaus Percussion
Marianne Van Den Heuvel Violin
Herman Van Haaren Violin
Eric Winkelmann Bass
Michael Klier Viola
Pauline Terlow Violin
Wim Timmermans Horn
Bastiaan Van Der Werf Cello
Tom Ellis Vocals
Arno van Nieuwenhuize Drums
Wim Timmermans Horn
Rob Langereis Guitar
Pauline Terlow Violin
Paul Woesthuis Trombone
Olof Groesz Cello
Noortie Koch Violin
Michael Klier Viola
Martin V.D. Berg Bass Trombone
Mariël V.D. Bos Flute
Lucja Domski Violin
Leo Jenssen Saxophone
Janine Abbass Flute
Jan Elsink Trombone
Hans Bonsel Cello
Elisabeth Cats Violin
Dick Vennik Saxophone
Denise Koenders Violin
Cees Kranenburg Drums
Anne Marie V.D. Bogaard Viola
Herman Rieken Percussion
Wik Kok Violin
Simone Vierstra Violin
Mike Schaperclaus Percussion
Willem Lujit Oboe
Leo Van Oostrem Saxophone
Rami Koch Violin
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Toninho Horta Composer
Tom Lellis Composer, Lyricist
Vince Mendoza Arranger
Michael Abene Arranger
Chick Corea Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer, Lyricist
Johnny Mercer Lyricist
Chuck Owen Arranger
Frits Bayens Producer
Hugh Den Ouden Musical Supervision
Williem Friede Arranger
Tom Ellis Composer, Lyricist
Willem Friede Arranger
Gwen Terpstra Graphic Design
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