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Telarc International ( Telarc.com ) is celebrating its Silver Anniversary. Originally founded in 1977 and centered in Cleveland, Telarc began its life as a classical music recording company. In the past 25 years, the label has recorded a bountiful number of American and Foreign artists and orchestras. Not surprisingly, Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Symphony are well represented in Telarc's catalog. This same catalog sports the likes of Martin Pearlman and the Boston Baroque, one of the United State's premier period instrument orchestras, and the irrepressible Benjamin Zander with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Choral leader Robert Shaw spent the majority of his recording career with Telarc.
Also present in the Telarc classical catalog is Andre Previn, pianist and conductor extraordinaire. In the late 1980s, Telarc turned its attention to jazz and spotted Previn to produce the first Telarc Jazz recording and produce it he did. The result was After Hours (83302, 1989). Since that time, Telarc has had an impressive Jazz run, one that is amply displayed on the new twofer Telarc Jazz Celebrating 25 Years. Compilations like this are a bit of a dicey affair as poor track choice or time use can sink an otherwise successful recording. Telarc packs two discs full of the best they have to offer and that benefits them in two ways. One, it offers the public a sampler of what the label has to offer regarding jazz. Two, it provides Jazz a greater exposure, which benefits everyone in the industry. Most of all, it benefits the listener who things of jazz in smatterings, wanting not a recording of a single artist, but one that approximates jazz radio station airplay. The same idea as the Now That's What I Call Music ... series, except with real music.
The collection is very up-to-date including music from the recently recorded pieces from The Rare Delight of You with John Pizzarelli and George Shearing (83546, 2002) and Kevin Mahogany's Pride and Joy (83542, 2002). Ray Brown is in wide supply, as well as Dave Brubeck and Stephane Grappelli. Compilations like this are always worth a turn under the laser. Come and see what Telarc Jazz has to offer.
Track Listing: Disc 1. I Only Have Eyes for You, Andre Previn - Piano, Joe Pass - Guitar, Ray Brown - Bass; Bebop, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre - Trombone, David Sanchez - Tenor Sax, Jon Faddis - Trumpet, Lewis Nash - Drums; Here's to Life, Joe Williams - Vocal, George Shearing - Piano; Tanga, Ray Brown - Bass, Benny Green - Piano, Jeff Hamilton - Drums; Brother Blues, Gerry Mulligan - Baritone Sax, Dean Johnson - Bass, Ron Vincent - Drums, Dave Grusin - Piano, Grover Washington, Jr. - Soprano & Tenor Sax; Lullaby, Dave Brubeck - Piano; Red Top, Jimmy McGriff - Hammond B3 Organ, Hank Crawford - Alto Sax, Rodney Jones - Guitar, Jesse Hameen - Drums; Some Cats Know, Jeanie Bryson - Vocal, John Chiodini - Guitar, Terry Trotter - Piano, Jim Hughart - Bass, Harold Jones - Drums, Red Holloway - Tenor Sax, Paquito D'Rivera - Clarinet, Ronnie Buttacavoli - Flugelhorn/Trumpet, Mayra Casales - Percussion; Conception, George Shearing - Piano, Louis Stewart - Guitar, Neil Swainson - Bass, Steve Nelson - Vibraphone, Dennis Mackrell - Drums; A Timeless Place (The Peacocks), Tierney Sutton - Vocals, Trey Henry - Bass, Ray Brinker - Drums, Gary Foster - Flute, Christian Jacob - Piano
Disc 2. I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Mel Torme - Vocal, The Great American Songbook Orch.; Skylark, Ahmad Jamal - Piano Ephriam Wolfolk - Bass, Arti Dixson - Drums; Waltz for Debby, Jim Hall - Guitar, Scott Colley - Bass, Terry Clarke - Drums, The New York Voices - Vocal; Merry-Go-Round, Freddie Cole - Vocal, Cedar Walton - Piano, George Mraz - Bass, Curtis Boyd - Drums; Jerry Byrd - Guitar, Lew Soloff - Trumpet, Steve Davis - Trombone, Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax, Lou Marini - Alto Sax/Flute, Gary Smulyan - Baritone Sax; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, McCoy Tyner - Piano, Stanley Clarke - Guitar/Electric Bass, Al Foster - Drums; Vivaldi: Allegro from the Four Seasons: Spring, Jacques Loussier - Piano, Vincent Charbonnier - Bass, Andr