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Various Artists: Telarc Jazz: Celebrating 25 Years (2002)

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Cleveland-based Telarc has issued a 2 for 1 CD recapitulation of its 2 years as one of the leading jazz labels. Although founded in 1977, it focused on the classical music literature. It didn't turn to jazz until the late 1980's but has made up for the later entry by releasing a horn of plenty recording of top mainstream jazz artists. Even when they decided to try jazz, they were still a bit bashful. Their initial effort was an Andre Previn recording and of course, Telarc had been recording Previn as a classical artist for years. But since then, they have excelled in bringing the fruits of jazz artistry to the public. Telarc now boasts a catalog of more than 600 recordings, ranging from classical, jazz, and blues.

Represented on this jazz compilation are some of the most prominent names in jazz including Jim Hall, Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton, Stephane Grappelli and Ray Brown. On the vocal side, there are representative cuts from albums made by Joe Williams, Jeanie Bryson, Bobby Short, Mel Torme and Tierney Sutton for the label. Never quite able to completely set aside its classical robe, there is even an excerpt from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" given a jazz arrangement by the Jacques Loussier Trio.

Unlike many anthologies of this type, Telarc doesn't skimp on the number of selections nor the amount of music. There are 25 tracks running more than 2 hours, literally a plethora of jazz music riches. This is one of the better compilations to hit the streets in quite a while and is recommended.

Track Listing: CD 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 CD 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

Record Label: Telarc Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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