Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn

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Tony Kadleck Big Band: Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn
Tony Kadleck, who has done almost everything one can do on a trumpet, adds the designation big-band leader to his resume with Around the Horn, an impressive debut CD for which he has written all the charts and enlisted a group of the New York area's A-list musicians to interpret them. If leadership is best imparted by example, Kadleck shouldn't have a care in the world, as his discography includes more than eighty albums from pop to blues to jazz and various genres in between. An abbreviated inventory of the (big) names with whom he has played and recorded reads like a who's who of showbiz royalty: Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
, Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand
b.1932
piano
, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Cash, Harry Connick Jr., Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit
b.1977
vocalist
, Bernadette Peters, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Audra McDonald, Sting, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
, Anne Murray, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Mandy Patinkin . . . the list goes on. That's in addition to Kadleck's many commercial gigs, performances as a sideman in big bands, Broadway shows and awards ceremonies, and steady work as an educator.

How does that broad experience play out in a big-band environment? In this case, quite well indeed. Kadleck, as it turns out, is a longtime admirer of large ensembles who has always looked forward to leading one of his own but waited until he was ready. The ten arrangements herein unwrapped are of uniformly high quality, encompassing songs by composers as diverse as Legrand, John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Julian
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
1928 - 1975
saxophone
, Leonard Bernstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
and the late saxophonist Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
(on whose panoramic "African Skies" his brother, trumpeter Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
b.1945
trumpet
, appears as guest soloist). Adderley's Basie-like "Wabash," which should be heard more often, is a special delight, an irrepressible charmer with solos to match by pianist Mike Holober
Mike Holober
Mike Holober
b.1957
piano
and altos David Mann and Aaron Heick
Aaron Heick
Aaron Heick

reeds
. Kadleck, who leads the exemplary trumpet section on seven numbers, is a dazzling soloist (on trumpet and flugel) on Legrand's exquisite ballad, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"

There are some heavy back-beats on Scofield's "Green Tea" and Gaye's "What's Going On," which drummer Dave Ratajczak and the rhythm section master with ease. While Wonder isn't known as a jazz writer, he could well be if his engaging themes, "Creepin'" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," were used to gauge his proficiency. Bernstein's ardent "One Hand, One Heart" (from the Broadway blockbuster West Side Story) precedes Jobim's lyrical "Look to the Sky" and the Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
1905 - 1956
trombone
evergreen "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," which closes the album on an exhilarating note. And speaking of notes, other soloists of note include alto Andy Snitzer, trombonists Michael Davis and Keith O'Quinn, tenor Jason Rigby
Jason Rigby
Jason Rigby
b.1974
sax, tenor
, clarinetist Charles Pillow
Charles Pillow
Charles Pillow

saxophone
, guitarist Pete McCann
Pete McCann
Pete McCann
b.1966
guitar
and pianist Henry Hey
Henry Hey
Henry Hey

piano
.

Superb band, admirable charts, persuasive soloists. In the words of Ira Gershwin, who could ask for anything more? Except, that is, for more of the same.

Track Listing: Green Tea; Creepin’; African Skies; What’s Going On; Wabash; How Do You Keep the Music Playing?; Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing; One Hand, One Heart; Look to the Sky; I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.

Personnel: (Collective) — Tony Kadleck: leader, arranger, trumpet; Jon Owens: trumpet; James de la Garza: trumpet; John Bailey: trumpet; Darryl Shaw: trumpet; Alex Norris: trumpet; Dylan Schwab: trumpet; Aaron Heick, Andy Snitzer, David Mann, Charles Pillow, Jason Rigby, Janelle Reichman, Dave Reikenberg, Kenny Berger: saxophones; Michael Davis: trombone; Keith O’Quinn: trombone; John Wheeler: trombone; Randy Andos: trombone; Pete McCann: guitar; Henry Hey: piano; Mike Holober: piano; David Finck: bass; Dave Ratajczak: drums; Mike Berkowitz: drums; Meyer Horn: percussion; Dan Rieser: percussion. Special guest soloist – Randy Brecker: trumpet (3).

Record Label: Self Produced


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