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Top Shelf
     

Top Shelf

by The Warren Vache - John Allred Quintet
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941139921
catalogNumber:
19399

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Performance Credits

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
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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