Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

124

Sara Caswell: But Beautiful

By

Sign in to view read count
This second album by Sara Caswell makes a strong bid to place her in the forefront of jazz violinists. The beginning of But Beautiful will remind you of prime-time Stephane Grappelli—the first three selections, "The Way You Look Tonight," "Moon and Sand," and the title tune, are all played with great attention to melody and, in the case of the opener, swing.

The Caswell original "Professor ABC" (dedicated to her father) is surprisingly right out of the Sonny Rollins calypso songbook and an added treat, while a version of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile" offers a sense of adventure as respected pianist Lynne Arriale opens up the composition. Additional variety of material is provided per the inclusion of American folk music in renditions of "Shenandoah" and "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair," plus Monk's "Straight No Chaser" and the lovely Sergio Mihanovich's "Sometime Ago." Sara Caswell's sister, Rachel, adds vocals on Billy Joel's poignant ballad "And So It Goes," "Shenandoah," and Ron Carter's "Receipt Please."

Sara Caswell is the product of a musical family. Her parents were musicologists at Indiana University, where Sara studied with David Baker. She is currently a New York resident and a student at Manhattan School of Music. Her performance on this album, along with her most able group, bodes well for future recognition.


Track Listing: The Way You Look Tonight; Moon And Sand; But Beautiful; Professor ABC; Black Nile; And So It Goes; Sometime Ago; Receipt Please; Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair; Bye Bye Blackbird; Straight No Chaser; Shenandoah.

Personnel: Sara Caswell: violin; Lynne Arriale: piano; Larry Kohut, Jeremy Allen, Steve Davis: bass; Rachel Caswell: vocals.

Title: But Beautiful | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Arbors Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read The Songbook Project CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Solo a Genova CD/LP/Track Review Solo a Genova
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Reaching Out CD/LP/Track Review Reaching Out
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Ullr" CD/LP/Track Review Ullr
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 8, 2017
Read "I Am" CD/LP/Track Review I Am
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 13, 2017
Read "OUTgoing" CD/LP/Track Review OUTgoing
by Budd Kopman
Published: January 31, 2017
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Donora Autumn" CD/LP/Track Review Donora Autumn
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "Fistfight At The Barndance" CD/LP/Track Review Fistfight At The Barndance
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 14, 2017