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Jon Faddis speaks for himself on Remembrances. For many years critics thought of him as a Dizzy Gillespie clone. As director of The Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra he earned the distinction of being his own man. Carlos Franzetti, who arranged and conducted Portraits of Cuba (a Grammy winner for Paquito D’Rivera) uses his ingenious mastery again with Faddis. This disc is a well a conceived program of standards, both from the Great American Songbook and standards written by world class musicians.
Franzetti chose instrumentation that is unique for a jazz group. The sidemen on this album are all excellent musicians in their own right. Here, you have Paquito D’Rivera playing soprano, tenor sax and the clarinet. His soprano solo on "In Your Own Sweet Way" is unmistakable, but still embraces the theme of the disc and enhances the music. Other instrumentation chosen for the group include bassoon, French horn, oboe, English horn, in addition to the sax section, rhythm section, and trombone.
"Sophisticated Lady," "Laura," and the closer, "Goodbye," are all presented in a fresh way for a new generation. Faddis eschews high harmonics, rather embraces a relaxed manner that celebrates the ballads without disturbing their origins. "Footprints," "Naima," La Rosa Y El Sauce," and Franzetti’s own composition "Riverside Park," are all done with thought and conviction.
Remembrances has "classic" potential and is sure to appeal to even the discerning jazz listener. Chesky recorded this CD at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New York City and it is yet another example of their commitment to harmonic perfection.
Track Listing: 1. Sophisticated Laddy (Ellington/Mills/Parish) - 7:05,
2. Laura (Mercer/Raksin) - 6:07,
3. Speak Like a Child (Hancock) - 7:24,
4. Footprints (Shorter) - 5:54,
5. Naima (Coltrane) - 5:59,
6. Johnny Bug (Faddis) - 6:35,
7. La Rosa y el Sauce (Guastavino) - 6:48,
8. In Your Own Sweet Way (Brubeck/Brubeck) - 7:05,
9. Riverside Park (Franzetti) - 7:39,
10. Goodbye (Jenkins) - 6:37
Personnel: Paquito D'Rivera - Clarinet, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Soprano (Vocal),
Bill Easley - Clarinet, Sax (Tenor),
Jon Faddis - Trumpet, Flugelhorn,
George Young - Flute, Sax (Alto),
John Clark - French Horn, Lawrence Feldman - Flute, Sax (Alto),
Kenneth Hitchcock - Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone),
Dale Kleps - Flute, Sax (Alto),
Clarence Penn - Drums,
Jim Pugh - Euphonium, Trombone (Alto), Trombone (Tenor), Tenor Trombone,
Stewart Rose - French Horn,
Roger Rosenberg - Bassoon, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone),
Peter Washington - Bass,
David Hazeltine - Piano.