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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For the fourth edition of Five Play not counting the recording they did backing vocalist Maria Anadon, drummer and founder Sherrie Maricle has assembled yet another quintet from the players in her Diva Big Band. Bassist Noriko Ueda and pianist Tomoko Ohno are the holdovers and do not miss a beat. Janelle Reichman is a very young tenor saxophonist and clarinetist from Michigan who takes over for Anat Cohen. Jami Dauber from Chicago is now the full-time trumpeter -- she played on half of the previous CD, Five Play... Plus. Their repertoire concentrates on standards, a Toshiko Akiyoshi original, and two pop songs taken to swing proportions. What these women bring to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For the fourth edition of Five Play not counting the recording they did backing vocalist Maria Anadon, drummer and founder Sherrie Maricle has assembled yet another quintet from the players in her Diva Big Band. Bassist Noriko Ueda and pianist Tomoko Ohno are the holdovers and do not miss a beat. Janelle Reichman is a very young tenor saxophonist and clarinetist from Michigan who takes over for Anat Cohen. Jami Dauber from Chicago is now the full-time trumpeter -- she played on half of the previous CD, Five Play... Plus. Their repertoire concentrates on standards, a Toshiko Akiyoshi original, and two pop songs taken to swing proportions. What these women bring to the table is a finely tuned sense of democracy, style, purpose, and full intent to swing. Their equality and balance is in evidence right off the bat on an easily swung Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers like version of the Hal David-Burt Bacharach written title track. Still in that vein but using a choppy accented melody for "I Want to Be Happy," their bop chops are also well honed. Some songs are typical as on the shuffle "Groove Merchant" or the straight swing blues of Akiyoshi's "Jo-House Blues," again Messenger-ish à la Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan, spiked by Ohno's lead out. Reichman's clean clarinet shines through on the samba take of Benny Goodman's "Slipped Disc" and the broken hearted "Cry Me a River." Dauber's muted plunger trumpet is both pining and humorous during "Moon Song," while Ueda's feature on "Old Folks" marks the coming of a rising star. There's one cut with just the trio sans horns "I Could Have Danced All Night" where Ohno and Ueda cut loose, and Maricle's brushwork on her snare drum is very impressive. While one might hope for the band to let it fly a bit more, that is probably due for a follow-up to this professional and enjoyable recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941138122
  • Catalog Number: 19381
  • Sales rank: 362,297

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Five Play Primary Artist
Sherrie Maricle Drums, Leader
Jami Dauber Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn
Tomoko Ohno Piano
Janelle Reichman Clarinet, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Helen Reddy Composer
Toshiko Akiyoshi Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Jerome Richardson Composer
Sherrie Maricle Arranger, Producer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Kent Heckman Engineer, Mastering
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
The Mike Hennessey Chastet Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston Composer
Willard Robison Composer
Bill Westmoreland Cover Photo
Stanley Kay Creative Consultant
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Sam Coslow Composer
Dedette Lee Hill Composer
Ray Burton Composer
Jami Dauber Arranger, Producer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Anat Cohen Arranger
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