Following its self-titled South Florida Jazz Orchestra (MAMA Records, 2008) debut, this Miami-based big band now presents a power-infused second effort. The highly anticipated Trumpet Summit showcases several wonderful jazz trumpeters. Renowned bassist, and founder and director of the band, Chuck Bergeron
's "Daahoud" was the driving force that gave birth to this concept album as Bergeron states, "Let's get all the great trumpet players who have come through the band over the last five years together, and see what happens on a Clifford Brown classic." This brassy opener launches the first salvo and sets the stage for the rest of the music, featuring solos from trumpeters Jason Carder, Alex Norris
, leads the band on the spicy Latinized version of Bergeron's "Read My Lips." On this, one of the liveliest shoulder-moving charts of the set, Carder shares the limelight with saxophonist great Ed Calle
Inspired by the leader's two-year old son, "Blues for the Terrible Two's" features the team of Lynch and Carder, who blend hard bop and New Orleans styles that change direction, leading to Bergeron's high-pitched finale. The orchestra takes center stage on Lynch's hard-driving "Peer Pressure," where the trumpeter crackles as the band gyrates behind him, with stellar support from pianist, Brian Murphy
's "All the Things You Are" which are made to sound almost new here. Lynch's "One for Mogie" delivers eleven minutes of pure big band pleasurea testament to his talents as a writer and, perhaps, the set's most ambitious chart.
Channeling the collective power of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Bergeron paints a masterpiece recording on a canvas of crisp horns, elegant arrangements and exceptional musicianship. Trumpet Summit captures a refreshingly entertaining session of polished artistry, from a superb selection of seasoned trumpeters, and a world-class ensemble.
Track Listing: Daahoud; Read My Lips; Everything I've Got Belongs To You; Blues for the Terrible Two's; Peer Pressure; Sophisticated Lady; One For Mogie; All The Things You Are; Good Addiction.
Personnel: Chuck Bergeron: director, bass; Wayne Bergeron: trumpet (4-8); Augie Hass: trumpet (1-3, 9); Brian Lynch: trumpet (4, 5, 7); Greg Gisbert: trumpet (1-3, 9); Jason Carder: trumpet; Alex Norris: trumpet (1-3, 9); Cisco Dimas: trumpet (5-8); Kim Pensyl: trumpet (4-8); Gary Keller: alto saxophone; Gary Lindsay: alto saxophone; Ed Calle: tenor saxophone (2, 4-8); Ed Maina: tenor saxophone (1, 3, 9); Ken Mattis: tenor saxophone; Mike Brignola: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Dana Teboe: trombone (4-8); Dante Luciani: trombone; John Kricker: trombone; Joanna Sabater: trombone (1-3, 9); Jennifer Wharton : bass trombone; Brian Murphy: piano; Martin Bejerano: piano (2); John Yarling: drums; Raymer Olalde: timbales (2); Roberto Quintero: congas (2); Nicole Yarling: vocals (3).