Please note the title of this collection. It does not include symphony orchestras playing jazz compositions. Nor does it feature what is known as third stream" music, which is the combination of jazz and classical elements for what is hoped to be a unified whole. No, just like the title says, this collection includes jazz musicians performing jazz with string sections. Jazz-with-strings is where the passion of jazz meets the power of an orchestra.
This musical genre has a fairly long history. Jean Goldkette and Paul Whiteman's bands used strings in the 1920s, and in 1936 clarinetist Artie Shaw recorded ...Read More
Jackie Ryan is a San Francisco-based vocalist with three excellent CDs available. The most recent two are on Open Art records, the latest is titled This Heart of Mine.All About Jazz: Congratulations on your latest CD, This Heart of Mine. It is an exceptional vocal album and certainly one of the best in the past few years.Jackie Ryan Thank you so much, Roger. It was so fun to do... a labor of love--all the way through to the mix. I loved working with the engineers as much as I loved recording it. It was the most ...Read More
As Tom Monteleone seated us in his attractive San Fernando club, pianist Dave Mackay and bassist Kenny Wilde were doing some lovely things with I Can’t Get Started. Dave’s chords, in contrast to the extroverted masses that most pianists use, turn in and muse. No pianist gets a better sound out of the instrument. Kenny, who has played with Dave for many years, gave him magisterial support on this Vernon Duke evergreen. A quick pan around any room in which vocalist Tierney Sutton is performing provides a measure of respect that she engenders among her fellow musicians. During the first ...Read More
Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae
Marian McPartland’s Peabody Award-winning Piano Jazz radio series profiling various musicians has been popular for 25 years and has featured over 300 musical guests. These four segments – two previously issued on CD and two new ones – make a valuable addition to this ongoing NPR series. For example, both Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson are very articulate men as well as superb pianists, and prove to be excellent interviewees. Each of these great jazz pianists eagerly and candidly discusses their musical approaches and philosophy. The Evans disc, which was first released ...Read More