Warren Vache is one of just a few active cornet players, though he proves to be a lot more wide-ranging in his choice of songs than the late great Ruby Braff (while also possessing a greater sense of humor). Having studied with Pee Wee Erwin, Vache gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson and Bob Wilber. He has recorded over three dozen albums as a leader and is a regular on the jazz party circuit. These 2007 performances at the renowned Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland pair the cornetist with trombonist John Allred, a jazz party favorite who ...read more
The Vaché brothers, cornetist Warren and clarinetist Allan, grew up in New Jersey in a hotbed of revivalist trad jazz. Their father, Warren Vaché Sr., was a bassist and writer-editor (a bio of Pee Wee Erwin, the early Chicago-style trumpeter, and editor of Jersey Jazz, a newsletter) and one of the Jersey neo-traditionalists who helped kick-off revivals with the annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. But while the brothers were steeped in trad jazz--an experience that has given them a deep appreciation of melodic improvisation--and Allan spent long periods working in trad bands in San Antonio and Orlando, this 1998 ...read more
A veteran trumpeter with an extensive resume that includes stage, radio and television performances, Warren Vaché filled a void in his three-decade career with the recoding of Don't Look Back. Having once stated that Everybody really serious about jazz music dreams of making a recording with a string ensemble, Vaché accomplishes this long-held desire by joining forces with the Scottish Ensemble, a twelve-piece virtuoso string group that once specialized in only baroque music. Playing against the backdrop of the strings, his trumpet and cornet convey a warm and pleasant mood associated with a classical-jazz atmosphere.
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Cornetist Warren Vache has been a mainstay of the New York jazz scene since the mid-1970s. He frequently appeared and recorded with Scott Hamilton's combo and developed a lengthy recording contract with Concord Records as well as appearing on the local club circuit. Vache is perhaps the prime mover in the stimulation of the continued interest and growth of post-war small combo swing and prior to his own groups worked with Benny Goodman and Kenny Davern. Most recently his continued work with Arbors and prolific past five years with Nagel-Heyer Records have been evident.
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Close intimacy. There have been many memorable duet jazz recordings. Some that I would recommend to the listener are:Art Pepper and George Cables-- Tête-à-Tête (Galaxy 5147, 1982)Art Pepper and George Cables-- Going Home (Galaxy 5679, 1982)Archie Schepp and NHØP-- Goin' Home (Steeplechase 31079, 1994)Archie Schepp and NHØP-- Looking at Bird (Steeplechase 31149, 1994)Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie-- Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo 2310470, 1974)Frank Morgan and George Cables-- Double Image (Contemporary 14035, 1987).Stan Getz and Kenny Barron-- People Time (Gitanes 314 510, 1991)And that is just a few.The ...read more
Some album titles so accurately describe the contents that there's almost nothing meaningful that a poor review can say about it. Such is the case with Swingtime!, wherein what is advertised is precisely what one gets--a baker's dozen of inflexibly swinging sorties by trumpeter Warren Vaché and his New York City All--Star Big Band (underweight division). The band includes only two trumpets (Vaché and Randy Reinhart), two trombones, four saxophones and rhythm, but after listening for a few moments you won't care about that, as these gentlemen more than compensate for fewness of numbers by pouring their heart and soul ...read more
Archiving with a Difference. The German label Nagel Heyer is beginning to make a name for itself by documenting that rococo period in jazz between traditional and big band swing. My introduction to the label was the Terrie Richards Alden vocal release Voice With Heart (Nagel Heyer 048). I said in that review that, In the realm of jazz, vocalist Terrie Alden, with the support of the Warren Vaché's quartet, effects a historically informed performance of an inventive collection of standards, evoking the musical sounds of the 1920s and '30s.... That observation becomes a trend on Swingtime! and The Re-discovered ...read more