Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Vol.2 “Intimacy Calling” {Columbia}


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
Wynton Marsalis’s second of three standard albums was actually released after the third volume. On most of the selections, the brilliant trumpeter is heard in excellent form with his quartet (comprised of pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Reginald Veal or Robert Hurst and either Herlin Riley or Jeff Watts on drums); tenorman Todd Williams helps out on “I’ll Remember April” and altoist Wes Anderson is also added to “Crepuscule with Nellie.” Marsalis’s tone really makes the ballads worth hearing, and his unusual choice and placement of notes keeps the music stimulating. This mostly bop-oriented set is rounded off by a jaunty version of “Bourbon Street Parade.”

Tracklist:
01. When it’s Sleepytime Down South (5:11)
02. You Don’t Know What Love Is (6:24)
03. Indelible and Nocturnal (4:11)
04. I’ll Remember April (8:34)
05. Embraceable You (7:16)
06. Crepuscule With Nellie (3:04)
07. What is This Thing Called Love? (6:30)
08. The End of a Love Affair (3:13)
09. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (5:16)
10. Lover (5:06)
11. Yesterdays (9:36)
12. Bourbon Street Parade (5:47)

Personnel:
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Todd Williams – tenor saxophone
Wes Anderson – alto saxophone
Marcus Roberts – piano
Robert Hurst, Reginald Veal – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts, Herlin Riley – drums

Recorded digitally at BMG Studio A, in New York City;
between September 1987 and August 1990.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Neo Bop, Standards
Label: Columbia
Year: 1991
Time: 70:08

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Stan Getz – Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions {Verve}


Review by Thom Jurek ~allmusic.com
First off, these “Lost Sessions” were never actually lost. The music here was supposed to be released as the Stan Getz Quartet’s first issue on A&M, and for the usual record company reasons, it was shelved instead. The tapes were in the vault and catalogs, so it’s not like they were found in someone’s closet. The bottom line is that Getz, already ill at this point, still had the goods. Produced by Herb Alpert (a genius in his own right even if his records don’t always hold up), the bossas here are tough, innovative jazz tunes mainly written by Getz’s pianist, Kenny Barron. Don’t look for the gentle side of Getz that was so beautifully displayed on his early bossa records with Charlie Byrd and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Instead, this is the man who had reinvented his playing technique. With a strong foil in Barron, Getz was free to explore his form of melodic improvisation to a fuller and wider extent, which is evident if you simply check out his solos on Barron’s “Sunshower” and “El Sueno,” and Mal Waldron’s classic ballad “Soul Eyes.” Interestingly, this was Barron’s date as much as it was Getz’s. His compositions and musical direction are key here, and he was trying to get deeper into and stretch the samba groove in his writing. Finding Getz in such an adventurous space in his playing allowed for this. With a rhythm section that includes bassist George Mraz and drummer Victor Lewis, this disc is essential not only for fans of Getz and Barron, but for real jazzheads.

Tracklist:
01. Sunshower (7:21)
02. Yours and Mine (8:01)
03. Joanne Julia (7:51)
04. Soul Eyes (7:24)
05. Spiral (7:55)
06. Beatrice (8:15)
07. The Wind (8:57)
08. El Sueno (6:37)
09. Feijoada (6:24)

Personnel:
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
Kenny Barron – piano
George Mraz – bass
Victor Lewis – drums

Recorded & mixed by Al Schmitt
Mastered by Doug sax and Robert Hadley
Produced by Herb Alpert

Recorded March 1989 at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood: track 6 on March 26;
tracks 1, 3-5 and 7 on March 28; tracks 2,8 and 9 on March 29

Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Label: Verve
Year: 2003
Time: 68:44

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