The Jerry Ascione Big Band: Beautiful Love
In a way, his whole musical life's experience can be heard in this one CD, compacted and crystalized into a 58 minute program of infectious, colorful, swinging jazz. Some of the highlights are the sophisticated sounding "Beautiful Love", the lightly latin "Samba These Nights" (an Ascione original) and a beautiful interpretation of the haunting ballad "You Don't Know What Love Is", featuring the translucent yet sanguine sound of Matt Niess's trombone. Ascione's own solo introductions of "Lady Be Good" make for a nice contrast to the ensuing wall of sound created by the ensemble, while "All The Things You Are" finds the leader stretching out and improvising within the comparative intimacy of a quartet setting. Tradition and exploration are the hallmarks of jazz , and it's all here for you to enjoy, thanks to Jerry Ascione.
Track Listing: It's Alright With Me; Beautiful Love; My Foolish; Samba These Nights; You Don't Know What Love Is; Lady Be Good; All The Things You Are; Nutville
Personnel: Steve Williams, Bill Mulligan (alto saxes); Phil Burlin, Luis Hernandez (tenor saxes); Scott Silbert (baritone sax); Matt Niess, Jamie Way, Harvey Coonin (trombones); Lee Gause (bass trombone); Marvin Stamm, Chris Walker, Kevin Watt, Larry Callahan (trumpets); Steve Abshire (guitar); Jerry Ascione (pianist/arranger); Randy Mattson (bass); Clyde Connor (drums)
Record Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Style: Big Band