Various Artists: Big Band Favorites Of Sammy Nestico
Nestico uses particular arranging techniques to achieve success. Big fat brass punctuation marks, instant changes in dynamic volume levels, walls of unison brass instruments, and the pairing of flute with baritone saxophone are just a few. There are occasional open fifths to please the ear, and ample use of trombone timbres to provide sounds that are at once familiar and innovative. More information on Sammy Nestico may be found at http://www.summitrecords.com .
Nestico’s "88 Basie Street" includes a laid-back piano interlude by Pete Jolly that pours out handfuls of keys with the ever-present tendency to swing. Ron Stout’s clear middle register trumpet feature on "It’s A Wonderful World" and Andy Martin’s fluid trombone solo on "Who’s Sorry Now?" stand out as two of the album’s highlights. Bud Shank’s alto saxophone feature on "Samantha" sits atop the dramatic piece with a majesty all its own. "Small Talk" includes interesting solo work by flutist Sal Lozano, trombonist Martin and pianist Jolly. Chuck Berghofer and Gregg Field set the proper mood for the soloists with a walking bass pattern that sidesteps as well as strolls, and percussion brushes that swish and swirl appropriately. Louie Bellson casts off the accompaniment shackles of "Pressure Cooker" long enough to trade fours with the band in grand fashion. With Victor Feldman at the synthesizer, background vocalists coloring, and Bill Watrous playing trombone "This Is Love" and "Shoreline Drive" turn out to be nostalgic walks through the 1960s and 1970s. Tim May’s electric guitar solo on "Shoreline Drive" and Pete Christlieb’s forceful tenor saxophone tirade smokes over a strutting electric bass pulse and drum back beat. The session’s recorded sound is balanced and clear, containing some of the best present-day big band jazz available on record. This one is highly recommended.
Track Listing: Fascinating Rhythm; It