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Color and Light: Jazz Sketches of Sondheim
     

Color and Light: Jazz Sketches of Sondheim

 
With so few major composers still alive by the mid-'90s, it was logical that jazz musicians would try to expand their repertoire by exploring the works of non-jazz writers. None of Stephen Sondheim's compositions have thus far become jazz standards but that may change after the release of this CD. Three of the tracks unfortunately feature vocals by the overdramatic

Overview

With so few major composers still alive by the mid-'90s, it was logical that jazz musicians would try to expand their repertoire by exploring the works of non-jazz writers. None of Stephen Sondheim's compositions have thus far become jazz standards but that may change after the release of this CD. Three of the tracks unfortunately feature vocals by the overdramatic Nancy Wilson and the R&Bish Peabo Bryson but Holly Cole (on two numbers) fares much better. The most interesting moments are provided by the all-star musicians which include such players as tenors Joshua Redman and Grover Washington, Jr., guitarist Jim Hall, pianist Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter on soprano and trumpeter Terence Blanchard among others. Sondheim himself makes a guest appearance in a piano duet with Hancock on "They Ask Me Why I Believe in You." And best of all, there is no version here of "Send in the Clowns." This varied set has its memorable performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646656624
catalogNumber:
66566

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Track Performer
Peabo Bryson   Track Performer
Jim Hall   Guitar,Track Performer
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Track Performer
Geoff Keezer   Piano
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Drums
Holly Cole   Vocals
Joshua Redman   Track Performer
Jim Ball   Track Performer
Bruce Barth   Piano
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet,Track Performer
Brian Blade   Drums
Oscar Castro-Neves   Track Performer
Scott Colley   Bass
Aaron Davis   Piano
Troy Davis   Drums
Jeff Hirshfield   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass
David Piltch   Bass
Grover Washington   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Chris Thomas   Bass
Holly Cole Trio   Track Performer
Nancy Wilson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Artie Butler   Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Producer
Miles Goodman   Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Michael Bourne   Liner Notes
Norman Martin   Composer

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