Bebop Spoken There
Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).
Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
CD Review: Solitary Moon - Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield Sing the Johnny Mandel Songbook
Remember Jackie & Roy - Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - who provided the bop vocals in Charlie Ventura's Bop For The People band and who, later on, recorded many albums under their own name? Of course you do and so do I. They were a class act.
Well, in the form of Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield, they ride again and in good company (see list of featured soloists below). Add the music of Johnny Mandel, lyrics by such as Dave Frishberg and Alan and Marilyn Bergman and arrangements by Whitfield, who also cooks up some tasty trombone solos, and you have the recipe for a very satisfying album.
An album of great songs that haven't been done to death - in fact many of them I was hearing for the first time. Admittedly The Shadow of Your Smile doesn't come into the first timers' list except maybe it does as I can't previously recall hearing the verse.
Solitary Moon will be on the car stereo tomorrow so be warned. If you see a black Chevrolet being driven erratically it will be because I'm tapping my feet on the pedals in time to the music.
Solitary Moon - Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield Sing the Johnny Mandel Songbook is available now on Bi-Coastal Music.
Check out sound samples here.
Ginger Berglund (voice), Scott Whitfield (voice/tmb/arr); Featuring Steve Huffsteter (tpt);, Pete Christlieb (ten); Airto Moreira (perc); Roger Neumann (ten/bar/bs clt); Corey Allen (pno); Don Shelton, Ken Peplowski (clts); Jennifer Leitham (bs); Jack Petersen (dms); Carl Saunders (tpt); Kendall Kay (dms); Anne King (tpt); Rusty Higgins (alt/fl), The Modernaires, and LAVA (vcls).
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Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)