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Various Artists: Pirouet Jazz Compilation Vol. I: The Best Is Yet to Come (2009)

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Various Artists: Pirouet Jazz Compilation Vol. I: The Best Is Yet to Come One good way to kick start a jazz collection for the beginner is to explore a compilation—if not the best of a particular artist, then perhaps the varied selections of multiple artists assigned to a label. In this effort, Pirouet Records' Pirouet Jazz Compilation Vol. I: The Best Is Yet to Come brings together 11 songs from 10 of the label's recent releases.

Trumpeter Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
b.1954
trumpet
' "See You Again," from Alone Together (2008), begins the almost 80-minute collection. The delightful piece, written by pianist Marc Copland
Marc Copland
Marc Copland
b.1948
piano
, sums up the album's subtitle, suggesting even better sounds with subsequent tracks. That isn't necessarily the case, though, because Hagans' spirited lead makes this easily one of the more enjoyable offerings.

"Toad," by pianist Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart
b.1966
drums
, presents an unusual trio approach. With Stewart on drums, Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
b.1968
keyboard
on organ and Kevin Hays
Kevin Hays
Kevin Hays
b.1968
keyboard
on piano, this piece is from Incandescence (2008). Goldings uses the organ to cover the bass line while Stewart's play on the cymbals is crisp. He rolls the toms at the appropriate times and is deeply engaged, regardless of whether Goldings or Hays has the lead.

Guitarist John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
b.1944
guitar
wrote and is featured on "River Bend," from Copland's Another Place (2008). The pianist's triplets behind Abercrombie's opening melody gives the song a sense of flow; Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
's cymbal crashes add to that feeling. Meanwhile, the guitar goes on an adventure.

Others featured on this compilation are Pablo Held
Pablo Held
Pablo Held
b.1986
piano
, Walter Lang Jr., John Ruocco, Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
b.1964
piano
, Achim Kaufmann, Jason Seizer and John Schroder. It all comes together nicely to highlight not only some of the best but also the diversity that Pirouet has to offer.


Track Listing: See You Again; Forest of Oblivion; Toad; Way Too Early; River Bend; Kuk Kuk; Home Row; Stanley Park; Time Being; Mood 1697; See Ya.

Personnel: Marc Copland: Tim Hagans: trumpet (1); Marc Copland: piano (1, 5, 9); Drew Gress: bass (1, 5); Jochen Ruckert: drums (1); Pablo Held: piano (2); Robert Landfermann: bass (2); Jonas Burgwinkel: drums (2); Bill Stewart: drums (3, 7, 11); Larry Goldings: organ (3, 11); Kevin Hays: piano (3, 11); Walter Lang Jr.: piano (4); Lee Konitz: alto saxophone (4); John Abercrombie: guitar (5); Billy Hart: drums (5); John Ruocco: clarinet (6); John Taylor: piano (6); Riccardo Del Fra: bass (6); Bill Carrothers: piano (7); Gary Peacock: bass (7); Achim Kaufmann: piano (8); Valdi Kolli: bass (8); Jim Black: drums (8); Jason Seizer: tenor saxophone (9); Matthias Pichler: bass (9); Tony Martucci: drums (9); John Schroder: piano (10); Christian Weidner: alto saxophone (10); Olver Potratz: bass (10); Oliver Steidle: drums (10).

Record Label: Pirouet Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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