Hold It Right There

Hold It Right There

by Chris Cortez


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Hold It Right There

Journeyman jazz guitarist Chris Cortez has put out a variety of albums in a variety of styles on his own Blue Bamboo Music label over the years, most recently the self-titled contemporary jazz album by his band Groovopolis. Hold It Right There, his fourth solo album, is a collection of standards played with a piano/bass/drums backup band, plus a few horns here and there, and, on ten out of 13 tracks, Cortez's vocals. In his liner notes, he says he's been playing this kind of music for decades and that the album "represents a typical set you might hear on any night" if you caught him playing in New Orleans. He also offers the collection "in tribute" to the kind of names more usually associated with these tunes, among them Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, and Jon Hendricks, and acknowledges, "They set the bar very high." Indeed they do. And while one might easily enjoy a set of these performances in a club over a drink or two, it is another thing to commit them to the recording process and thus offer them in competition to such predecessors. Certainly, Cortez sings "All Right, Ok, You Win" warmly in his grainy voice, but, of course, he doesn't hold a candle to Williams. He is better when he is trying something different, such as incorporating James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" into the jazz idiom or comically rendering a risqué parody of "Pennies from Heaven" as "Benny's in Heaven." Hold It Right There is an ideal album for the artist to sell in between sets on one of those New Orleans nights he describes. On its own, it is pleasant, but slight.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Blue Bamboo Music
UPC: 0678277061422
catalogNumber: 614
Rank: 316576

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Cortez   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Mills   Drums
Larry Panella   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dean Fransen   Piano
Jay Webb   Trumpet
Reggie Murray   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Bruton   Piano
Tommy Sciple   Bass

Technical Credits

James Taylor   Composer
Gene Ammons   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Duke Jordan   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Dossie Terry   Composer
Zequinha de Abreu   Composer
Jimmy Harris   Composer
Heidi Mills   Graphic Design
William Gray   Composer
Chris Cortez   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes

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