Rosemary Clooney with John Pizzarelli – Brazil {Concord}

Review by Paula Edelstein (

As one of the most loved jazz vocalists, modern jazz heroines, and prolific vocalists, Rosemary Clooney gives a very beautiful and feminine side to Brazilian jazz on Brazil, a sensitive musical feeling of 16 ripe standards. This wonderful collection is dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Riddle through her amazing ambience of sensitive phrasing, lovely nuance, and splendid rhythmic shadings. Rosemary Clooney is joined by the lovely Diana Krall on “Boy from Ipanema” in a stunning vocal duet accompanied by Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar. John Pizzarelli sings “Wave,” with the light, airy brilliance of a light kept burning throughout the night, and duets with Clooney on “Desafinado,” “One Note Samba,” “Let Go,” “Dindi,” and the reprise of the title track, “Brazil.” Together they bring a redefined sensitivity and captivation to these Brazilian standards through their excellent harmony and melodic concepts. The songs included on Brazil display the musical integrity, wisdom, and depth of Rosemary Clooney on songs that have withstood the test of popular culture and time.

01 – Brazil
02 – Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
03 – Boy from Ipanema
04 – Wave
05 – Once I Loved
06 – Desafinado
07 – I Concentrate on You
08 – One Note Samba
09 – How Insensitive
10 – Let Go
11 – Dindi
12 – Waters of March
13 – Meditation
14 – Sweet Happy Life
15 – A Day in the Life of a Fool
16 – Brazil (reprise)

Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall – vocals
John Pizzarelli – guitar, vocals
Oscar Castro Neves – guitar
John Oddo – piano
Gary Foster, Nino Tempo – tenor sax
George Graham, Bob Summers – trumpet
Chauncey Welsch – trombone
Chuck Berghofer – bass
Jeff Hamilton, John Ferraro – drums
Walfredo Reyes, Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Steve Kujala, Brian Scanlon, Dave Shostac, Gary Woodward – flute

Recorded at Village Recorders in Los Angeles, CA; March 15-18 & 25, 1999.
Additional recording at Capitol Records in Hollwood, CA; January 24, 2000
Year: 2000; style: Vocal Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova

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Art Farmer – Something to Live For “The Music of Billy Strayhorn” {Contemporary}

Review by Scott Yanow (

This very logical set is a real gem. The lyrical fl├╝gelhornist Art Farmer and his quintet (which consists of tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist James Williams, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith) interpret seven of Billy Strayhorn’s compositions. Highlights include “Isfahan,” “Johnny Come Lately,” “Raincheck,” and the title cut. Farmer brings the right combination of sensitivity, swing, respect for the melody, and creativity to these renditions and the results are quite memorable.

01 – Isfahan
02 – Bloodcount
03 – Johnny Come Lately
04 – Something to Live For
05 – Upper Manhattan Medical Group
06 – Raincheck
07 – Daydream

Art Farmer – fluegelhorn
Clifford Jordan – tenor saxophone
James Williams – piano
Rufus Reid – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums

Recorded at Secret Sound Studios, New York City; January 14 & 15, 1987.
Year: 1987; style: Cool, Post-Bop

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Woody Herman – The Raven Speaks {Fantasy}[OJC]

Review by Scott Yanow (

The best of his Fantasy releases of the ’70s, this well-rounded CD is highlighted by a great jam on “Reunion at Newport” and strong soloing from Herman (on soprano and clarinet), pianist Harold Danko, trumpeter Bill Stapleton and the tenors of Gregory Herbert and Frank Tiberi. The Herman orchestra performs a couple of modern ballads (“Alone Again Naturally” and “Summer of ’42”), some blues and a few swinging numbers, showing off their versatility with expertise and spirit.

01 – Fat Mama
02 – Alone Again (Naturally)
03 – Watermelon Man (Sandia Chicano)
04 – It’s Too Late
05 – The Raven Speaks
06 – Summer of ’42
07 – Reunion at Newport 1972
08 – Bill’s Blues

Woody Herman – alto & soprano saxophone, clarinet
Al Porcino – lead trumpet
Bill Byrne – trumpet
Charles Davis, John Thomas, Bill Stapleton – fluegelhorn
Bob Burgess – lead trombone
Rick Stepton, Harold Garrett – bass trombone
Frank Tiberi – tenor saxophone, flute, bassoon, cowbell
Greg Herbert – piccolo, flute, alto flute
Steve Lederer, Tom Anastas – baritone sax
Harold Danko – fender rhodes piano
Pat Martino – guitar
Al Johnson – fender bass
Joe LaBarbera – drums
John Pacheco – congas

Recorded at A&R Studio, New York; August 28-30, 1972.

Year: 1991
Style: Modern Big Band

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Erroll Garner – Mambo Moves Garner {Mercury}

Review by Scott Yanow (

For this lengthy session, pianist Erroll Garner added a conga player (Candido) to his trio (which includes bassist Wyatt Ruther and drummer Eugene Heard) for the first time. Throughout the remainder of his career he would occasionally play in the Latin idiom. This CD reissue (which adds two songs from the same session to the original LP program) finds the pianist in typically enthusiastic form and the highlights include “Mambo Garner,” “Night and Day,” “Cherokee” and “Sweet Sue.”

01 – Mambo Garner
02 – Night and Day
03 – Mambo Blues
04 – Old Black Magic
05 – Cherokee
06 – Sweet and Lovely
07 – Russian Lullaby
08 – Begin the Beguine
09 – Mambo Nights
10 – Sweet Sue
11 – Imagination

Erroll Garner – piano
Wyatt Ruther – bass
Eugene Heard – drums
Candido – conga

Recorded July 27, 1954 in Chicago.
Year: 1998; style: Bebop, Piano trio

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Tina Brooks – True Blue {Blue Note}[xrcd]

Review by Scott Yanow (

Although a four-LP Mosaic box set purportedly includes every recording led by the obscure but talented tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, this 1994 CD has previously unreleased alternate takes of “True Blue” and “Good Old Soul” that Mosaic overlooked. Brooks is teamed with the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (on one of his earliest sessions), pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor for a set dominated by Brooks’ originals. None of the themes may be all that memorable (“Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You” comes the closest), but the hard bop solos are consistently excellent.

01 – Good Old Soul
02 – Up Tight’s Creek
03 – Theme for Doris
04 – True Blue
05 – Miss Hazel
06 – Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You

Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Tina Brooks – tenor sax
Duke Jordan – piano
Sam Jones – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded June 25, 1960; at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
Year: 2009, Style: Hard Bop

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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery – Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes {Verve} ”Japan”

Review by Richard S. Ginell (

Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes picks up where Dynamic Duo left off, digging a little further into the one-time-only Wes Montgomery/Jimmy Smith sessions and coming up with more fine music — mellower in general than Dynamic Duo but first-class nonetheless. Unlike most of the studio sessions from this time, Montgomery gets plenty of room for his single-string work as well as his famous octaves, and both techniques find him in full, mature bloom, needing fewer notes in which to say more (Smith, of course, is precisely the opposite). All but one of the tracks on the original LP find Smith and Montgomery interacting only with themselves, the drums of Grady Tate, and the congas of Ray Barretto; Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” (not often covered by jazzers) and Montgomery’s “O.G.D.” (later known as “Road Song”) come off best. Oliver Nelson’s big band makes a sole appearance with a swaggering chart of “Milestones.” Though Dynamic Duo is probably the priority purchase by a hairsbreadth margin, you’ll need to have both that album and Further Adventures eventually.

01 – King of the Road
02 – Maybe September
03 – OGD
04 – Call Me
05 – Milestones
06 – Mellow Mood

Jimmy Smith – organ
Wes Montgomery – guitar
Grady Tate – drums
Richard Davis – bass
Ray Barretto – percussion

Bob Ashton, Danny Bank, Jerry Dodgion, Jerome Richardson, Phil Woods – woodwinds
Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry – trumpets
Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin Jackson, Melba Liston – trombones
Tony Studd – bass trombone

Recorded on September 21 and 28, 1966
Year: 2004

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