7

Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around The Horn

Nicholas F. Mondello By

Sign in to view read count
Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around The Horn In assessing baseball talent, the scouts' description "five-tool talent" describes a hitter who can do it all—run, field, hit for average, hit with power and throw. When a musician such as Tony Kadleck steps into the recording batter's box as leader and with work presented such as Around the Horn, the description not only fits like a glove, but, the musical umpires surely will be "finger-twirling" and calling it a Grand Slam.

Kadleck, long a key fixture in the New York studio and Broadway pit scene (contrary to pit rumor, the diminutive statuette was not named after him, but he does play the Tony® Awards yearly) takes the leader, lead trumpet and arranging chores in this terrific assortment of both brilliantly arranged and performed popular classics Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry About a Thing" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On"). His aggregation of some of the New York Metro Area's finest (including guest soloist Randy Brecker blistering on Michael Brecker's "African Skies") is a swinging, high-energy unit that embraces Kadleck's challenging charts and ultimately delivers.

While Kadleck is well-known as a fine lead and all-around trumpeter, what shines and surprises here—in addition to his take-command lead chops—is his superb arranging. Each of the selections has Kadleck's pen challenging the sections, ensembles and framing soloists superbly. The rhythmic and dynamic intensities throughout are outstanding. One can easily identify Kadleck's arranging influences—Sammy Nestico a la Count Basie on Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's "Wabash," Thad Jones, Gerald Wilson, Oliver Nelson and even a shading of Gil Evans. But, Kadleck's pen stands on its own as his intelligent rhythmic and textural approaches and balance of the ensembles' four sections, as well as the of framing his superb soloists, is indeed unique. The band's pure emotional intensity on Leonard Bernstein's "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story" is the highlight among many on this recording. The surprisingly dark, but not eccentric, rendition of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" renders the Tommy Dorsey-related tune heard with new ears.

The back cover of this outstanding recording depicts baseball's home plate with a player's "home run" footprint stamped on it. Don't be surprised if that's not Kadleck's size 9 as Around the Horn knocks it out of the park.


Track Listing: Green Tea; Creepin'; African Skies; What's Going On; Wabash; How Do You Keep the Music Playing?; Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing; One Hand, One Heart; Look to the Sky; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.

Personnel: Aaron Heick: saxophone; Andy Snitzer: saxophone; David Mann: saxophone; Charles Pillow: saxophone; Jason Rigby: saxophone; Janelle Reichman: saxophone; Dave Riekenberg: saxophone; Kenny Berger: saxophone; Tony Kadleck: trumpet; Jon Owens: trumpet; James De La Garza: trumpet; John Bailey: trumpet; Darryl Shaw: trumpet; Alex Norris: trumpet; Dylan Schwab: trumpet; Michael Davis: trombone; Keith O'Quinn: trombone; John Wheeler: trombone; Randy Andos: trombone; Henry Hey: piano; Mike Holober: piano; Pete McCann: guitar; David Finck: bass; Dave Ratajczak: drums; Mike Berkowitz: drums; Dan Rieser: percussion; Meyer Horn: percussion; Randy Brecker: trumpet (3).

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Rise Of Orion" CD/LP/Track Review Rise Of Orion
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette" CD/LP/Track Review Disorder at the Border Plays Ornette
by Nicola Negri
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Hank Mobley" CD/LP/Track Review Hank Mobley
by Greg Simmons
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Cornua Copiae" CD/LP/Track Review Cornua Copiae
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "The Outlier" CD/LP/Track Review The Outlier
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 16, 2016
Read "Perceive React" CD/LP/Track Review Perceive React
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 31, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!