Sound Check

Sound Check

by Jack Cortner
     
 

Arranger/composer Jack Cortner intended for his initial big-band Jazzed Media CD, Fast Track, to be a one-time affair, but soloist Marvin Stamm, who was extensively featured on trumpet and flügelhorn, immediately prodded him into thinking of a follow-up recording. Many of the other musicians from the first session returned, includingSee more details below

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Arranger/composer Jack Cortner intended for his initial big-band Jazzed Media CD, Fast Track, to be a one-time affair, but soloist Marvin Stamm, who was extensively featured on trumpet and flügelhorn, immediately prodded him into thinking of a follow-up recording. Many of the other musicians from the first session returned, including Stamm's frequent collaborator pianist Bill Mays, plus the cream of the crop of New York-based session players, many of whom (like Stamm and Mays) are leaders in their own right. The program mixes time-tested standards, well-known jazz compositions, and the leader's originals, all of which are scored with tight section work to complement Stamm's sparkling solos. Cortner's unusual setting of "Yesterdays" is light and airy, showcasing Stamm's crisp muted trumpet. Cortner's tasty blues "Sound Check" could easily be mistaken for the type of piece that Count Basie might have played on a typical record date of the '50s or '60s, complete with Jay Berliner's rhythm guitar channeling the late Freddie Green and Mays' understated piano recalling Basie's minimalist approach, while the leader's brisk blues "À la Mode" sizzles with energy. At Stamm's suggestion, Mays at times freed himself from the piano vamp in Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" by adding a bit of campy blues; the tune also showcases a potent solo by alto saxophonist Jon Gordon. It is very likely that Marvin Stamm and the rest of the musicians have already been discussing a third record with Jack Cortner, if they haven't already scheduled the studio time. Highly recommended!

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Jazzed Media
UPC:
0700261273853
catalogNumber:
1046
Rank:
212444

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Cortner   Primary Artist
Bob Malach   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Mays   Piano,Soloist
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Jay Anderson   Bass
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Dennis Anderson   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Berger   Baritone Saxophone
Hollis "Bud" Burridge   Trumpet
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Lawrence Feldman   Alto Saxophone
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Jim Pugh   Trombone,Soloist
John Riley   Drums,Soloist
Tony Studd   Trombone
David Tofani   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal),Soloist
Frank Greene   Trumpet
Jon Gordon   Alto,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Gale   Trumpet
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jack Cortner   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Friedman   Engineer,Mastering
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Sergio Mihanovich   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Andrea Morricone   Composer

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