Voices of Concord Jazz: Live at Montreux

Voices of Concord Jazz: Live at Montreux


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Voices of Concord Jazz: Live at Montreux

Concord Records celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a special concert at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival, featuring seven different singers from the label's roster. The young singing pianist Peter Cincotti, with his regular band in tow, sets the table with an upbeat performance, including original material ("I Changed the Rules") and a bossa nova ("Sway") as well as a humorous interpretation of "Ain't Misbehavin'." The seasoned singer Karrin Allyson is next, joined by pianist Frank Chastenier, bassist John Goldsby, guitarist Danny Embrey, and drummer Greg Field. The highlight of her set is her interpretation of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'." Monica Mancini's moving interpretation of Henry Mancini's (her father) "Charade" is backed by a brisk bossa nova rhythm, utilizing the identical band backing Allyson but adding vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Her funky take of her father's "Dreamsville" is a duet with Curtis Stigers. Diane Schuur is accompanied by the WDR Big Band. Schuur still overindulges herself with excessive screaming in her "Deedle's Blues," which distracts from her considerable capabilities. Two tunes by Barry Manilow, a friendly duet of "Stay Away from Bill" with Allyson and the swinging "Meet Me, Midnight," are better examples of her true skill. Curtis Stigers' set is one of two major weaknesses of the concert, though the WDR Big Band shines. His light vocals are an acquired taste, but sticking exclusively to performing two of his mediocre originals does not add to his appeal. Nnenna Freelon has become one of Concord's greatest singing stars. Backed by the WDR Big Band, she sets the audience afire with her updated treatment of "Better Than Everything." The gorgeous chart of Billie Holiday's "Lady Sings the Blues" well suits her voice. Patti Austin falls flat in her salute to the late Ella Fitzgerald, especially when she is compared against any of Ella's numerous recordings of "How High the Moon." The piece is reprised, with each of the singers taking turns, though Cincotti sticks to piano. The engineering is flawless throughout the CD, which is also available as a single DVD from Concord.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431224624
catalogNumber: 2246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Scott   Conductor,Saxophone
Scott Kreitzer   Saxophone
Danny Embrey   Guitar
John Goldsby   Bass,Group Member
Dave Horler   Trombone,Group Member
Rick Kiefer   Trumpet,Group Member
David Samuels   Vibes
Koji Paul Shigihara   Guitar,Group Member
Gregg Field   Drums
Rob Bruynen   Trumpet,Group Member
Andy Haderer   Trumpet,Group Member
Bernt Laukamp   Trombone,Group Member
Klaus Osterloh   Trumpet,Group Member
Olivier Peters   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Rolf Romer   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Harold Rosenstein   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Heiner Wiberny   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Frank Chastenier   Piano,Group Member
Jens Neufang   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Ludwig Nuss   Trombone,Group Member
Mattis Cederberg   Bass Trombone,Group Member
Barak Mori   Bass
John Marshall   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Barry Manilow   Composer
Larry Goldings   Composer
Herbie Nichols   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Curtis Stigers   Composer
Roberto Menescal   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Morgan Ames   Composer
Eddie Arkin   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
John Burk   Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Ray Evans   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
William M. Lewis   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Bruce Sussman   Composer
David "Buck" Wheat   Composer
Gregg Field   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Harry Brooks   Composer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Bill Cunliff   Arranger
Sam Coslow   Composer
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Arranger
Ronaldo Bôscoli   Composer
Peter Cincotti   Composer
Cynthia Cincotti   Composer

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