But Beautiful

But Beautiful

by Sara Caswell


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But Beautiful

Jazz violinists are a rare breed, and female jazz violinist are, well, an even rarer one. The rarity of the species, then, makes a new album by violinist Sara Caswell even more welcome. But Beautiful features Caswell, pianist Lynne Arriale, bassists Larry Kohut and Jeremy Allen, and drummer Steve Davis on a varied set list of standards along with a few surprises. The album begins in a mellow, almost classical mode, seguing from "The Way You Look Tonight" to "Moon and Sand" to the title track. Caswell's technique is pristine here, but perhaps too careful, and one longs for a bit of careless excitement. But Beautiful takes an interesting detour on Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile," a piece with fun tempo shifts and, during the slower passages, a dark undercurrent. A similar deviation takes place on Thelonious Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," with Caswell offering something like a free jazz interpretation. Caswell's sister Rachel joins the band for vocals on Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," Ron Carter's "Receipt Please," and "Shenandoah." The most exciting of these is her scat workout on "Receipt Please," and how her tone nearly matches her sister's violin. But Beautiful is a solid album, and although it may have benefited from more challenging material, it will nonetheless be warmly greeted by jazz violin lovers.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941130423
catalogNumber: 19304
Rank: 264977


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Caswell   Primary Artist,Violin
Lynne Arriale   Piano,Violin
Larry Kohut   Bass,Double Bass
Rachel Caswell   Vocals
Steve Davis   Drums
Jeremy Allen   Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Sergio Mihanovich   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Herb Wong   Liner Notes
Lynne Arriale   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
William Engvick   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Sara Caswell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Dave Weber   Engineer
Steve Davis   Arranger,Engineer

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