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The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again

By Published: August 30, 2013
The Jazz Professors: The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again The Jazz Professors aren't wearing any hats they don't own; the fact is, they really are Professors in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Instead of letting the students have all the fun, however, the Professors have recorded three albums of their own, the second Live from UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, the third and most recent Do That Again, this one in a studio. Lest anyone assume these are "vanity" enterprises, it should be noted that in their "spare time" these mentors have performed and recorded with a wide variety of celebrated jazz artists, from Mel Torme
Mel Torme
Mel Torme
b.1925
vocalist
, Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
and Benny Carter
Benny Carter
Benny Carter
1907 - 2003
sax, alto
to Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
b.1953
saxophone
, Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera
b.1948
saxophone
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
, Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
Tom Harrell
b.1946
trumpet
, Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
1925 - 1985
sax, tenor
, Rob McConnell
Rob McConnell
Rob McConnell
1935 - 2010
trombone
, Louie Bellson
Louie Bellson
Louie Bellson
1924 - 2009
drums
, Clark Terry
Clark Terry
Clark Terry
b.1920
trumpet
, Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
1929 - 2011
trombone
and Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
b.1953
vocalist
. In other words, their classroom instruction ranges well beyond "do as I say" to "do as I do."

Speaking of Getz and Sims, tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert
Jeff Rupert
Jeff Rupert
b.1964
sax, tenor
immediately pays homage to their overriding influence on "You and the Night and the Music," a sunny standard that opens the concert in Orlando and to which guitarist Bobby Koelble and pianist Per Danielsson append radiant solos. Danielsson's piano ushers in the handsome ballad "But Beautiful," after which the group welcomes guest tenor Grant Stewart
Grant Stewart
Grant Stewart
b.1971
sax, tenor
for some sharp and persuasive exchanges on Burton Lane / Yip Harburg's "Old Devil Moon." Koelble and Danielsson dazzle here, as they do again on Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1927 - 1994
piano
's "No More Blues," which rings down the curtain. Jimmy Rowles
Jimmy Rowles
Jimmy Rowles
1918 - 1996
piano
' "The Peacocks," which precedes "No More Blues," is a placid showcase for Rupert's warm tenor. Save for its forty-five minute playing time, a superlative concert session by five well-schooled Professors whose musical knowledge is by no means limited to the classroom.

Perhaps reckoning that one concert alone wouldn't be enough to validate their credentials, the Professors decided to Do That Again, with pretty much the same results. Rupert shines once more as a Getz / Sims surrogate, the rhythm section is sturdy, and guitarist Koelble and trombonist Michael Wilkinson add their impressive voices along the way (Koelble on three numbers, Wilkinson on two). The play list consists of four standards and seven originals including Rupert's "(The Home of) Happy Feet," "Do That Again," "The New Creole Love Call" and "Two Bats." Drummer Marty Morell wrote the rhythmically engaging "El Vuelo," Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Eddie
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
1922 - 1986
sax, tenor
"Hey Lock," Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson
Duke Pearson
b.1932
piano
"Cristo Redentor." The standards are Rodgers and Hart's "Where or When," Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," Ord Hamilton's too-seldom-heard "You're Blasé" and last but not least, Johnny Mercer's "I Remember You," presented here as a breezy samba. "Cristor Redento" is basically a showpiece for a four-member chorale backed by the core group and trumpeter John Almeida.

Recorded sound is exemplary, as is the over-all performance, while playing time is a respectable one hour. When not in the classroom, these Professors show that experience is one of the best teachers, guiding by example as well as by discourse and lesson plans. Should students pay close attention, they'll find there is much of value to be learned from these well-informed pedagogues.


Track Listing: Live from Orlando — You and the Night and the Music; But Beautiful; Old Devil Moon; The Peacocks; No More Blues. Do That Again — I Remember You; Where or When; (The Home of) Happy Feet; What’ll I Do; Do That Again; Hey, Lock; Cristo Redentor; The New Creole Love Call; El Vuelo; You’re Blasé; Two Bats.

Personnel: Jeff Rupert: tenor saxophone; Per Danielsson: piano, keyboard; Bobby Koelble: guitar; Richard Drexler: bass; Marty Morell: drums. Live from Orlando — add Grant Stewart: tenor saxophone (3). Do That Again — Koelble: guitar (3, 7, 11); add Michael Wilkinson: trombone (3, 6); John Almeida: trumpet (7); Richard Drexler, Thomas Potter, Johanna Nordhorn, JoAnne Stephenson: vocal (7).

Record Label: Flying Horse Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream



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