Joel Kaye and His Neophonic Jazz Orchestra: Live at Vartan Jazz, Vol. 2 (2000)
As a leader, one of the best things Kaye does is name each of the soloists (a helpful acknowledgment not only for the audience but for reviewers as well, as some of them aren’t listed in the album’s booklet). I don’t know how Kaye managed to locate so many world-class players in Colorado, but the evidence is clear and undeniable. Everyone is impressive, with Garner Pruitt (trumpet), Eric McGregor (tenor sax), Tim Libby (mellophonium), John Armstrong (piano) and Pete Lewis (alto sax) the most frequently heard. McGregor is featured on “Yesterdays,” lead trombonist Glenn Shull on “Pavanne,” Libby on “La Suerte de los Tontos,” Pruitt (flugel) on “What’s New.” This is actually Volume 2 of the NJO’s Live at Vartan Jazz, and what we wrote about that other one bears repeating here: “The over-all impression is one of a high-class modern big band in the Kenton image that earns as well as deserves one’s appreciation and applause for carrying on Stan’s tradition of excellence.” This really is high-class Jazz, big-band style, that both Kenton and Richards would surely applaud, and so will you.
Track Listing: Caravan; On the Street Where You Live; Speak Low; Yesterdays; Get Me to the Church on Time; Pavanne; I Concentrate on You; What
Personnel: Joel Kaye, conductor, soprano sax; Pete Lewis, alto sax; Paul McGinley, alto, tenor sax, piccolo; Eric McGregor, Tom Myer, tenor sax; Franz Roehmann, baritone sax; alternate: Kevin Droe, baritone, bass sax; Tom Baker, Rick Jordon, John Bennett, Don Novy, Gamer Pruitt, trumpet; alternate: Chris Walters; Glenn Shull, Donovan Moore, Alex Heitlinger, trombone; Jace van Bradt, Dave Conway, bass trombone; alternate: Dan Kibler, tuba; Tim Libby, mellophonium; Bill Beckman, Bill O
Record Label: Vartan Jazz
Style: Big Band