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The Jazz Orchestra of the Delta is a 17-member big band lead by Jack Cooper and, on this present recording, featuring trumpeter Marvin Stamm and vocalist Sandra Dudley. The Memphis-based group and special guests direct their attention here to the music composed and inspired by Cole Porter. Dr. Cooper spent the better part of the last decade scoring these chestnuts, and his careful consideration is apparent in the effortless swing that the band brings to these pieces.
"Love for Sale" and "Night and Day" get a star treatment from Sandra Dudley and Marvin Stamm. Both war horses sound fresh and sprite. "So in Love" is transformed by Dudley into a plush and sensuous ballad of yearning. "Twelve" and "Two in Love" are Cole contrafacts composed by Peter Erskine and Dr. Cooper, respectively, that allow the orchestra to take center stage and show how well a Cole Porter idea can swing. Tap your foot to this one.
Track Listing: 1. "It's All Right With Me"; 2. "Love For Sale"; 3. "Night and Day"; 4. "Twelve"; 5. "So In Love"; 6. "Ev'rything I Love"; 7. "From This Moment On"; 8. "Two In Love"; 9. "What Is This Thing Called Love"
Personnel: Conductor: Jack Cooper; Trumpet: Marvin Stamm; Vocals: Sandra Dudley; Saxophones and woodwinds: John Lux, Mike Krepper, Tom Link, Andre Matlin, Jeff Huddleston, Michael Scott; Trumpets and flugelhorns: David Spencer (lead), Reid McCoy, Ward Yager, Tom Clary; Trombones: Greg Luscombe, Milton Aldana, Lance Green, Ken Spain, Jake Brumbaugh, Bill Flores (Bass Trb); Guitar: Kerry Movassagh; Piano: Alvie Givhan, Gene Rush; Bass: Tim Goodwin, Sam Shoup; Drums: Bo Harris, James Sexton; Latin percussion: Ed Murray
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.