Musings on Jazz, Blues and the Sabbath

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Road Scholars Live captures this Band in their element: Blowing hot and cool through an encyclopedic survey of modern styles for an appreciative concert audience during their 2013 performance tour. It pulls out of the gate on the strong rhythmic tracks laid by pianist Charlie Ferguson and bassist Jennifer Leitham in "Neverbird," written by Kenton trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
in honor of the Orchestra's 1970s tour bus (This bus is further commemorated in the original cover art drawn by cartoonist Tom Batiuk of Funky Winkerbean fame).

"Stompin' at the Savoy" shines with all the brilliance of a highly polished ballroom dance floor, with ensemble and solo highlights that seem to reflect both the Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
1904 - 1944
trombone
and Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
Orchestras. "Stompin'" leads into the Latin-tinged Chico & the Man, originally written by Jose Feliciano as the TV show theme but here a springboard for Vax's enchanting trumpet solo. "Sneaky" twists into another different mood, with bassist Leitham and drummer Gary Hobbs rocking the tempo hard and fast and saxophone soloists blowing high heat to match.

Even after two vocal stops—"Stockholm Sweetnin'" (written by Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
b.1933
producer
) and "Cinnamon and Cloves"—this tour continues to find new and different venues to explore. "Nessun Dorma" masterfully rearranges Giacomo Puccini's aria for Vax's solo trumpet before the Band rips like a howling wind through Lennie Niehaus
Lennie Niehaus
Lennie Niehaus
b.1929
composer/conductor
' arrangement (custom written for Kenton's Orchestra) of "Lullaby of Broadway."

"Reed Rapture" crowns Road Scholars with Kenton's brilliant original written and arranged for saxophones only, but sounding like a complete orchestra thanks to Kenton's compositional, and his Alumni Band's instrumental, genius.

Tracks and Personnel:

Sings With So Many Stars

Tracks: Disc One: Deed I Do; 'Round Midnight; Mais Que Nada; So Many Stars; Gee Baby; In a Mellow Tone; Go Away Little Boy; Every Day I Have the Blues; You've Changed; Señor Blues. Disc Two: Lazy Afternoon; Mood for Mr. Moody; Invitation; Lucky So and So; Can't Take My Eyes Off of You; Chains of Love; I Want a Little Boy; Nightingale; There Will Never Be Another You; Come Sunday.

Personnel: Margie Baker: vocals; Danny Armstrong: trombone; Chuck Bennett: bass; Jules Broussard: saxophone; Bob Brumbeloe: guitar; Rhoyalbaib Foston: drums; Duncan James: guitar; Rodney Jones: guitar; Melecio Magdaluyo: saxophone, flute; Shota Osabe: piano, synthesizer; Jerry Pannone: drums; John Santos: percussion; Harley White, Sr.: bass; Keith Williams: piano.

Puerta del Sur

Tracks: Se Les Olvidó; La Vía; Picaresca; Perdido; Motocilengua; Pájaro Pío Pío; Le Dicen Dolor; Codeína.

Personnel: Rei Alvarez: vocals, guiro, maracas, drum set; Marlysse Rose Simmons: piano, Farfisa VIP 600, Nord Electro 3, Juno 106, sound effects; Giustino Riccio: timbales, coro, drum set; Hector "Coco" Barez: congas, doumbek; Edward Prendergast: electric bass; Tobias Whitaker: trombone; Bob Miller: trumpet, coro, synthesizer; Mark Ingraham: cornet; John Lilley: tenor saxophone; Laura Ann Singh: coros; Bryan Vargas: cuatro; Chris Bates: trombone; JC Kuhl: baritone saxophone; Gabo Tomasini: bongos; Mike E. Montañez: bongos; Ellen Cockerham: violin; Treesa Gold: violin; Kim Ryan: viola; Matt Gold: bass.

Dinner

Tracks: Gio Rio; Intra-Knot; Moonlight Epic (featuring Abby Diamond); Llenos de Balas; War Pigs; Just Right; Vitiligo; Bad Dancing Never Killed the Ground; Super Mario Medley; Va, Pensiero.

Personnel: Matt Rosen: guitars, vocals; Ethan M. Stern: keyboards, guitars, percussion, vocals; Cleveland Donald: trumpet, vocals; Ari Kohn: tenor sax, vocals; David Bode: alto sax; Matthew Van Houten: baritone sax; Nick Benoit: bass; Jason Winikoff: drums, percussion, Mario; Cyrus Nabipoor: trumpet; Abby Diamond: vocals.

The Shape of Doomjazz to Come / Saxophone Giganticus

Tracks: Where My Soul Can Be Free; Into the Sky; The Masque of the Red Death; No One Fucking Posts to the UAE; K54; Saxophone Giganticus; Black Sabbath.

Personnel: Rebecca Sneddon: alto sax; Colin Stewart: bass; Archibald: drums.

Live at the Gallery

Tracks: One for Daddy O; Watermelon Man; I Thought About You; Goin' Down; Song for My Father; Misty; Adam's Apple; In a Sentimental Mood.

Personnel: Elias Hanslanger: tenor sax; Dr. James Polk: B-3 organ; Jake Langley: guitar; Scott Laningham: drums; Daniel Durham: bass.

Road Scholars Live

Tracks: Neverbird; I Have Dreamed; Stompin' At the Savoy; Chico & the Man; Sneaky; Yesterdays; Beautiful Friendship; Stockholm Sweetnin'; Cinnamon & Clove; Nessun Dorma; Lullaby of Broadway; Reed Rapture; Alex Revisited; America the Beautiful.


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