228

Bob Lark and Friends: Cathy's Song

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Trumpeter Bob Lark's "friends," on his fourth album for Jazzed Media Records, include alto saxophonist Phil Woods (two tracks), pianist Jim McNeely and bassist Rufus Reid (four apiece). There's a six-member string section on three numbers, on which Lark's flugelhorn is the only horn, while the selections with McNeely and Reid are scored for trio with Lark on flugel for three, and muted trumpet on "Green Dolphin Street," a conspicuous salute to Miles Davis on which Lark briefly bends the melody, something that really isn't necessary when the melody is among the loveliest ever written. But that's a scant reproach in an ocean of pleasurable music.

Lark opens with the string section (led by former Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Samuel Magad) on Irving Berlin's auspicious "Blue Skies," and the sky remains, for the most part, blue and unclouded through the rest of the program, which includes a "Tango Caliente," a samba ("My Shining Hour," again with strings), a bossa (Woods' enticing "Rava Nova") and an ethereal ballad ("Goodbye, Mr Evans," another composition by Woods). Completing the program are Cole Porter's "All of You" (trio) and a pair of graceful themes by Lark, "Winter's Touch" (trio) and "Cathy's Song" (strings).

Make no mistake, this is by no means "call the neighbors—the barn's on fire!" music; it is for the most part burnished and mellow, but nonetheless persuasive in its own way. Lark's using the flugelhorn on all but one track should offer an unambiguous clue about its purpose, which is not to besiege but to seduce. That it does, and does well. Lark is a sure and underrated soloist, while his friends, especially McNeely, Reid and Woods, are, as everyone should know by now, superb, as are Chicagoans Mark Colby (tenor sax) and drummer Bob Rummage. It's a pity that Colby, who's in the lineup on two tracks, was given no solo space, but one can't have everything. High marks all around for Lark and his friends, who entertain without bluster or pretense.

Track Listing: Blue Skies; Tango Caliente; On Green Dolphin Street; Goodbye, Mr. Evans; My Shining Hour; Winter's Touch; Rava Nova; All of You; Cathy's Song.

Personnel: Bob Lark: flugelhorn (1, 2, 4-9), muted trumpet (3); Ron Perillo: piano (1, 4, 5, 7, 9); Eric Hochberg: bass (1, 4, 5, 7, 9); Bob Rummage: drums (1, 4, 5, 7, 9); Samuel Magad: violin (1, 5, 9); Elizabeth Coffman: violin (1, 5, 9); Roxana Pavel: violin (1, 5, 9); Elizabeth Choi: violin (1, 5, 9); Elias Goldstein: violin (1, 5, 9); Stephen Balderston: cello (1, 5, 9); Tom Matta: conductor (1, 5, 9); Jim McNeely: piano (2, 3, 6, 8); Rufus Reid: bass (2, 3, 6, 8); Phil Woods: alto sax (4, 7); Nick Mazzarella: alto sax (4, 7); Mark Colby: tenor sax (4, 7); Ted Hogarth: baritone sax (4, 7); Tom Matta: trombone (4, 7).

Title: Cathy's Song | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Jazzed Media


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Float Upstream CD/LP/Track Review Float Upstream
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Extremophile CD/LP/Track Review Extremophile
by John Sharpe
Published: September 26, 2017
Read The Source CD/LP/Track Review The Source
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Setembro CD/LP/Track Review Setembro
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 26, 2017
Read Aqustico vol 2 CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "Komorebi" CD/LP/Track Review Komorebi
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 17, 2016
Read "Introducing...Rubén González" CD/LP/Track Review Introducing...Rubén González
by James Nadal
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter" CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read "Some Great Songs Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Some Great Songs Vol. 2
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" CD/LP/Track Review Blind Curves and Box Canyons
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 4, 2017
Read "Lockout Station" CD/LP/Track Review Lockout Station
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 1, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.