Many of the most memorable moments in life will often occur under the most unexpected of circumstances. This could be due to the situation being absolutely ordinary (resulting in unanticipated pleasure), utterly intolerable (unlikely but eagerly accepted pleasure), or simply unpredictable (the pleasure of pure, raw surprise).
The true jazz fan revels in being startled and frequently seeks this sensation through deliberately challenging his or her own musical sensibilities (i.e., leaving the proverbial “comfort zone”). Ideally, this will manifest itself in various fashions. For example, a fan of traditional jazz could find listening to modern jazz challenging, trying, but ultimately ...read more
The -Ahem- shagbutt or sacbut was the 15th century forerunner of what we now know as the Wind-powered, Slide-activated, Embouchure-modulated Pitch Approximator... i.e., the Slide Trombone.
Many were the young men who, disregarding the sage and heartfelt entreaties of parents ("You'll be poor'") and clergy ("Eternal damnation'"), acquired first shagbutts, then trombones, anyway. They spent as much as an entire week of their young lives woodshedding- some would say, frittering away precious time"- the B Flat-down-to-E slur and back. And forth. Push. And pull. Long on longing but short of arm, most sacbutists quickly foreswore their ambitions and swapped their ...read more
A well respected studio player as well as having recorded with such jazz studded groups as the Phil Norman Tenet and the Bill Watrous and Bob Florence big bands, trombone player Bob McChesney has chosen to honor the compositions of Steve Allen for his maiden album as a leader. This means that there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the play list is comprised of tunes which one doesn't hear all that often, with the exception of Meet Me where They Play the Blues". Given that Allen wrote more than 8500 tunes, finding ...read more
West Coast-based session musician, audio engineer, author and most of all a trombonist who possesses otherworldly and enviable chops; Bob McChesney is clearly a name to keep in mind which is a fairly easy task thanks to the “Bob McChesney Quartet” .... No Laughing Matter -Plays Steve Allen.
The legendary humorist and talk show host Steve Allen has also authored nearly 8000 tunes during his celebrated lifetime. Now in his 70’s Allen must be overjoyed with the winning formula represented on this classy and at times – stunning – recording. Here, McChesney, pianist Matt Harris, bassist Trey Davis and drummer ...read more
Steve Allen’s songs provide a starting point for the Bob McChesney Quartet to hand out a healthy portion of its modern mainstream stew. Combining the trombone’s somber timbre with an excellent rhythm section, McChesney elaborates on each fundamental melody. All ten songs are by Steve Allen, but they were written at various points in his career. Yes, Allen has written over 8,000 now.
Throughout the session, plenty of time is allotted to solo time from pianist, bassist, and drummer. But it’s McChesney’s session, and he is in fine form. The trombonist disguises the melody of a blues based Chittlins" by ...read more
The legendary humorist and talk show host Steve Allen has also authored nearly 8,000 tunes during his celebrated lifetime. Now in his 70’s Allen must be overjoyed with the winning formula represented on this classy and at times – stunning – recording titled, No Laughing Matter – The Bob McChesney Quartet Plays Steve Allen. Here, trombonist Bob McChesney, pianist Matt Harris, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Dick Weller elucidate and to a large extent, reinvent ten Allen compositions as the overall results are often astounding and beguiling! Allen, the Renaissance man has amassed a rather large body of work that ...read more
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