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by Dan Bilawsky
Wycliffe Gordon and Vincent Gardner are two of the best trombone players in the world, and both men also sing, on occasion, with wonderfully soulful voices. Eric Felten, on the other hand, is a crooner who also plays a mean trombone, and does both equally well on Seize The Night. Felten established himself as a fine trombonist early on in his career when he won the International Trombone Association's Frank Rosolino Award for best young trombone. While he continued along ...read more
by Jim Santella
In a tribute to Mel Tormé and Marty Paich, veterans of the West Coast jazz scene gather with singer/trombonist Eric Felten to interpret enjoyable standards in their own sweet way. Felten's clear baritone voice gives the session a smooth texture that proves to be an appropriate homage to singer Tormé.
Patterned after Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions, Marty Paich's Dek-tette had a full sound that made the small group sound like a full orchestra. The same ...read more