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John Vanore, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and more

Read "John Vanore, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our hour of music begins with an interview with trumpeter and composer John Vanore, about his latest release. Then, we hear from his music hero and mentor Oliver Nelson before moving on to Danish musicians Alex Jonsson and Mette Juul. We also profile the Canadian group The Shuffle Demons, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Kansas City's Guitar Elation. Enjoy the show. Playlist John Vanore “Lady" Primary Colors (Acoustical Concepts Inc.) 00:00 Host talks 5:39 John Vanore and Abstrct ...

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Album Review

John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


These recordings come from the mid-80s, a time when mixing jazz and electronics was still a fairly radical idea. They have trumpeter John Vanore marrying his solo lines to electronic embellishments performed by pianist Ron Thomas on a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer and other keyboards. Nothing here is startling by modern standards, but there are still some interesting sounds and experiments present. The electronic effects mix in lightly on several tracks. “Yesterdays" and “A Time for Love" are basically ...

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Album Review

John Vanore: Primary Colors

Read "Primary Colors" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


This beautiful duet set recorded by trumpeter John Vanore and pianist Ron Thomas serves as a showcase for auspicious beginnings, for both artists. The music for Primary Colors was recorded in 1984-85. Both of the players evolved into higher profiles, finding their individual places in jazz in the twenty-first century--Vanore with, mostly, his large ensemble writing, influenced by saxophonist/orchestrator Oliver Nelson on albums like Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson (Acoustical Concepts, 2017) and Contagious Words (Acoustical Concepts, 2011). For his ...

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Album Review

John Vanore: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


For the majority of jazz fans, the entire career of Oliver Nelson is summed up in one composition, “Stolen Moments" which makes as much sense as Duke Ellington being known for nothing except “Mood Indigo." Though he died at the very premature age of 43, Nelson built a substantial body of work in the jazz and soundtrack worlds. Trumpeter John Vanore has put together a tribute CD of his own arrangements of Nelson's music that captures the totality of his ...

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Album Review

John Vanore: Stolen Moments

Read "Stolen Moments" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Oliver Nelson wasn't with us very long--he died in October 1975, age forty-three--the renowned composer / arranger / saxophonist bequeathed an impressive musical legacy and touched many lives along the way. Among his many admirers is trumpeter John Vanore who first met Nelson in 1966 at an Indiana University summer camp, a meeting, Vanore writes, that “changed and shaped my career." To help repay the debt, Vanore has recorded Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson, on which he has redeemed ...

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Album Review

John Vanore & Abstract Truth: Contagious Words

Read "Contagious Words" reviewed by Greg Simmons


John Vanore & Abstract Truth's Contagious Words has the qualities of either a small big-band date or a big small-band date, depending on the perspective. There are twelve musicians listed on every track, and five more who show up for a few tracks each. That certainly has the instrumental mix for a full big band sound, but Vanore, who plays trumpet and composed most of the tracks on the album, uses the full power of the orchestra judiciously.


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