All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

7

Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around The Horn

Nicholas F. Mondello By

Sign in to view read count
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).

Title: Around The Horn | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn

Tony Kadleck Big...

Self Produced
2016

buy
Around The Horn

Around The Horn

Self Produced
2014

buy
Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn

Tony Kadleck Big...

Self Produced
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Orientation CD/LP/Track Review
Orientation
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Romaria CD/LP/Track Review
Romaria
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 18, 2018
Read You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! CD/LP/Track Review
You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
by Jerome Wilson
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Autres Paysages CD/LP/Track Review
Autres Paysages
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 18, 2018
Read Elvesang CD/LP/Track Review
Elvesang
by John Kelman
Published: February 17, 2018
Read Necessary Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Necessary Arrangements
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "The Spirit Of Piteşti" CD/LP/Track Review The Spirit Of Piteşti
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 17, 2017
Read "Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin' Hard: Live at the Penthouse 1964-1968
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 27, 2017
Read "Roll On" CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "I Speilvendthet" CD/LP/Track Review I Speilvendthet
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Humanity" CD/LP/Track Review Humanity
by Jim Olin
Published: October 5, 2017
Read "The Seasons" CD/LP/Track Review The Seasons
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 29, 2017