For Bebop United Tom Scott convened a a group of veterans for a straight-ahead live auditorium performance in Pittsburgh. His cohesive ensemble interprets each selection with a comfortable groove and a lot of soul. Featuring Phil Woods on three numbers, the concert brings slow ballads and up-tempo romps to its audience convincingly. Trumpeter Randy Brecker and tenor saxophonist Scott provide much of the dialogue, each bringing a warm presence to the concert.
For "His Eyes, Her Eyes, soloists Scott and Brecker are joined by trombonist Jay Ashby in a solemn affair that allows their lyrical voices to interact with heartfelt charm. Each has something special to say, and it's issued with warm feelings and tender thoughts. Scott, Ashby, Ronnie Cuber and Brecker give "Sack 'o Woe an adventurous ride with solo refrains that reflect the tradition that Cannonball Adderley sold so well. Quiet and restrained, the ensemble interprets this one soulfully.
Scott's program brings several exciting solo voices together and finds plenty of room for each to stretch out. As they work together in ensemble, the artists paint a cohesive portrait of straight-ahead jazz in full bloom. Scott's tenor tone remains mellow, and his approach is one of sharing. His feature on "The Song is You reveals a veteran artist who continues to find pleasure in familiar melodies and share that love of art with his fellow musicians.
Track Listing: Children of the Night; Silhouettes; Tones for Joan
Personnel: Tom Scott: tenor saxophone; Ronnie Cuber: baritone saxophone; Randy Brecker: trumpet; Jay
Ashby: trombone; Gil Goldstein: piano; Duane Burno: bass; Willie Jones III: drums; Phil Woods:
alto saxophone (2,3,7).
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.