Tuesday, November 1, 2011

V. A. - A Night of Chesky Jazz: Live at Town Hall "JVC Jazz Festival" (1992) [Chesky]

V. A. - A Night of Chesky Jazz: Live at Town Hall "JVC Jazz Festival" (1992) [Chesky]
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Genre ~ Contemporary/World Fusion | Label ~ Chesky Records

All of the music on this CD comes from the June 24, 1992, concert at Town Hall in New York City, with a host of artists each being featured. Trumpeter Tom Harrell leads off with two fine originals, the turbulent "Journey to the Center" and the mellow but swinging "Weaver." His very strong supporting cast includes ex-boss Phil Woods on alto sax, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and pianist Jim McNeely, as well as bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Goodwin. Pianist Fred Hersch is next, beginning with a dazzling trio arrangement of Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's "Nostalgia," with some superb arco cello by Erik Friedlander and powerful percussion from Tom Rainey. A captivating medley of two Hersch originals, "Child's Song" and "Forward Motion," and the humorous (and well-named) "Nostalgia," adding saxophonist Rich Perry, round out his set. Brazilian guitarist and singer Ana Caram was one of Chesky's most-recorded artists during the 1990s, and her brief set is a good example of why she appealed to fans of bossa nova. Woods returns to the stage to join Paquito D'Rivera and his band for a sensational two-clarinet version of "Birk's Works," with a brief tag of "Estamos Ai'" tacked onto the end. The only complaint is that the full set by each group merited a separate release, or at least this release should have been a two-CD set to better document what must have been a very memorable concert to attend that evening in New York City. ~Ken Dryden

01. Journey to the Center (6:45)
02. Weaver (9:07)
03. Frevo (5:18)
04. Child's Song/Forward Motion (8:29)
05. Nostalgia (6:39)
06. Caminhos Cruzados (5:09)
07. O Quer Vier Eu Traco (3:34)
08. Seresta (5:42)
09. Birk's Work/Estamos Ai' (8:29)

Tom Harrell - trumpet
Phil Woods - alto saxophone
Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone
Paquito d'Rivera - clarinet
Ana Caram - guitar, vocals
Romero Lubambo - guitar
Fred Hersch, Jim McNeely - piano
Peter Washington, David Finck - bass
Bill Goodwin - drums
Jamey Haddad - percussion

also featuring:
Scott Colley, Raphael Cruz, Daniel Freiberg,
Erik Friedlander, Rich Perry, Tom Rainey, Jorge Rossy

Produced by David and Norman Chesky
Recorded by Bob Katz
Recorded at the 1992 JVS Jazz Festival, New York at Town Hall on June 24, 1992
Executive Producer: George Wein
Project Director: Roy Spangenthal
Technical Consultants: George Kaye, David Josephson
Assistant Producer: Steve Guttenberg
Assistant Engineer: Jeremy R. Kipnis
A&R Director: Steve Kaiser
Concert Coordinator: Sal Cappi
Production Coordinator: Jim Lopata
Production Assistants: David Rubin, Lisa Herschfield
Stage Assistants: Randy Stern, Jon Finkelstein, Matt Richardson
JVC Jazz Festival Logo Design by Shigemitsu Hayashi
Photography: Stan Schnier
Design: Christine Chagnon
Edited by Bob Katz and Steve Kaiser
Liner notes by Cliff Preiss

Thanks to the original releaser.