Glenn Cashman / UAB SuperJazz / Elliot Deutsch Big Band / Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra

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Glenn Cashman
And the Southland Big Band!
Primrose Lane Music
2009

Even though Glenn Cashman's superlative Southland Big Band makes its home (technically) south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it is more than a few miles removed from cotton fields, mint juleps and the Mississippi River—to be more precise, in the greater Los Angeles area. There's no discernible southern partiality to the music either; it's pure-blooded straight-ahead big-band jazz, written (for the most part) and arranged by Cashman and performed by an all-star troupe of southern California's most accomplished sidemen.

As noted, eight of the nine selections on this persuasive all-original studio date are Cashman's. The lone exception is Antonio Carlos Jobim

Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
's "Aguas de Marco" (Waters of March), scored by Cashman for his fourteen-member ensemble. The sunny opener, "Cookin' with Shorty and Coop" (for Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
1924 - 1994
trumpet
and Bob Cooper
Bob Cooper
Bob Cooper
1925 - 1993
saxophone
), is outstanding, thanks to Cashman's well-grooved arrangement and bright solos by trumpeter Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
Carl Saunders
b.1942
trumpet
and tenor saxophonist Rob Hardt. There are other earnest tributes, to Howard Rumsey
Howard Rumsey
Howard Rumsey
b.1917
("Lighthouse Keeping Man"), fellow bassist Luther Hughes ("Concerto por Basso Pavimento," on which Hughes and guitarist Ron Eschete
Ron Eschete
Ron Eschete
b.1948
guitar, electric
are the soloists), composer / arranger / Cashman mentor Hank Levy
Hank Levy
1927 - 2001
sax, tenor
("A Samba for You") and Cashman's wife, "Cheryl," featuring the composer's expressive alto sax.

Besides those already mentioned, the band's squadron of snappy improvisers includes trumpeters Ron Stout and Bob Summers

Bob Summers
b.1944
, trombonists Andy Martin
Andy Martin
Andy Martin
b.1960
and Alex Iles, tenor Tom Luer, baritone Bob Efford
Bob Efford
b.1928
and pianist Ed Czach (Hammond B-3 organ on "The Circuit"). Saunders is showcased again on "Chesapeake Bay," Summers, Martin and Cashman on "Blues in the Tunnel," Stout and Hardt on "Satellite Twelve." The rhythm section (Czach, Eschete, Hodges, drummer Paul Kreibich) is on top of its game throughout, as are split lead trumpeters Lee Thornburg and Pete DeSiena.

The recording, Cashman writes, is "the realization of a longtime dream." It's a safe bet that even he never dreamed it would turn out this well. Thanks to Cashman's persistence and expertise, the "Southland" has risen again. Long may it endure and prosper.

UAB SuperJazz
Featuring Ellis Marsalis
UAB Entertainment
2009

Any album that blasts into orbit with Bill Holman

Bill Holman
Bill Holman
b.1927
sax, tenor
's marvelous arrangement of Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
1909 - 1976
composer/conductor
's "I Remember You" has all but won this reviewer's heart while still on the launch pad. But there's far more than that to UAB SuperJazz, such as following that enchanting opener with two more personal favorites, "The Very Thought of You" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," the first showcasing the eloquent tenor saxophonist Dave Amaral. Or devoting four of the last five numbers on this engaging concert date to the tasteful piano stylings of guest pianist Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Marsalis
b.1934
piano
, patriarch of the celebrated Marsalis family of New Orleans.


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