Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

by Ed Metz Jr. Ed Metz Jr.


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Veteran jazz musicians like drummer Eddie Metz, Jr. encounter the same challenge all of the time, particularly when they play weekend jazz parties: the obvious aging of their audience. Although many older fans resist the playing of newer pop material, musicians have to find a way to draw new listeners to eventually replace older ones. So he recruited Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello and bassist Nicki Parrott, with fellow jazz party regulars John Allred (trombone) and Harry Allen (tenor sax) added on several tracks. There are plenty of great old standards: delightful, swinging trio settings of "Falling in Love with Love," "I'm Old Fashioned," "The More I See You," and a sublime "More Than You Know." Modern pop is represented by enjoyable interpretations ofStevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" and Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" and a bossa nova setting of 1970s Italian pop singer Gino Vannelli's "Crazy Life," featuring Allred carrying the melody, while Parrott sings "One Less Bell to Answer," a hit decades earlier for the 5th Dimension. Metz penned the understated "NER Blues," which will be immediately recognized by any seasoned jazz fan as a tribute to Count Basie, while the full quintet is heard in the sassy "Huggin' Higgins," a peppy salute to veteran pianist Eddie Higgins, another jazz party regular who crosses paths with the rest of the band on occasion. Metz has done his part to bridge the generation gap among jazz fans; now it is up to the listeners to take the first step across it.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941137422
catalogNumber: 19374
Rank: 193897


  1. Falling in Love with Love
  2. Huggin' Higgins
  3. Overjoyed
  4. I'm Old Fashioned
  5. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
  6. Bodhisattva
  7. Ner Blues
  8. One Less Bell to Answer
  9. The More I See You
  10. Crazy Life
  11. Little Girl
  12. More Than You Know
  13. Gotta Get a Hold of Myself

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Metz   Primary Artist,Drums
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
John Allred   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Nicki Parrott   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rossano Sportiello   Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Danny Gottlieb   Liner Notes,Author
Jim Czak   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Paul Keller   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ed Metz   Composer,Audio Production
Gino Vannelli   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
John A. Katalenic   Arranger
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Francis Henry   Composer
Ed Metz   Composer
John Katalenic   Arranger

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