Top Shelf

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Warren Vaché and John Allred have played numerous times together, working at jazz parties and club dates, as well as making an earlier CD for Arbors. Accompanied by pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Leroy Williams, they explore more than a few forgotten gems that have plenty of potential, starting with the snappy rendition of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's "Top Shelf," a breezy bop vehicle with on-the-money ensembles and tight solos all around. Thelonious Monk's "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues" is one of his less frequently performed works, but the quintet plays it with the wry sense of humor that is a part of many of the jazz legend's pieces. Cannonball Adderley's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Warren Vaché and John Allred have played numerous times together, working at jazz parties and club dates, as well as making an earlier CD for Arbors. Accompanied by pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Nicki Parrott, and drummer Leroy Williams, they explore more than a few forgotten gems that have plenty of potential, starting with the snappy rendition of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's "Top Shelf," a breezy bop vehicle with on-the-money ensembles and tight solos all around. Thelonious Monk's "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues" is one of his less frequently performed works, but the quintet plays it with the wry sense of humor that is a part of many of the jazz legend's pieces. Cannonball Adderley's sassy, loping blues "Spontaneous Combustion" is full of fire, while Parrott's bop vehicle "Aussieology" crackles with energy as well. There are a number of familiar songs as well. The interplay between the leaders is the highlight of the standard "By Myself." The quintet begins with a free-form introduction to "Parisian Thoroughfare" that is somewhat reminiscent of the hilarious duo recording by Jaki Byard and Roland Kirk, though their interpretation is at a far more relaxed tempo, much like a brisk stroll that still allows time to see the sights. Top Shelf is a welcome alternative to the many jazz CDs of all originals by young unknowns or all familiar repertoire by artists of all ages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2010
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941139921
  • Catalog Number: 19399
  • Sales rank: 110,890

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet Primary Artist
Warren Vaché Cornet, Vocals
Tardo Hammer Piano
Leroy Williams Drums
John Allred Trombone
Nicki Parrott Bass
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Cannonball Adderley Composer
Clifford Brown Composer
Blue Mitchell Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Warren Vaché Producer, Liner Notes
Ronnell Bright Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Howard Dietz Composer
Benny Golson Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Thelonious Monk Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
John Allred Producer
Alan Nahigian Cover Photo
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
John Blackburn Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Nicki Parrott Composer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Bill Moss Engineer
Alison Kerr Liner Notes
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