Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
390

Clark Terry Sextet '77: Jazz in Montreux

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count Views
Clark Terry
Clark Terry Sextet '77
Eagle Eye Media
2005

Produced by Norman Granz on July 14, 1977, this concert performance brought a superb group of all-stars together for a sterling session of straight-ahead fun. Clark Terry's sextet took on a challenging program of standards and interpreted each with the ease of veterans. An equitable ensemble balance was achieved, solos were passed around the stage, and each artist seemed completely at ease. Each of them proved that with big smiles all around.

Terry was in fine form, opting for the flugelhorn on most selections. His double and triple-tonguing entered the musical picture for the group's blazing-fast romps, while Terry's emotional outpouring captured the focus for ballads and blues. The camera work was so complete that you can watch the trumpeter's face as he moves through occasional bursts of circular breathing in order to achieve his lyrical and technical goals. Whether forming a melodic statement with seamless phrasing or driving forward at an ultra-fast tempo, he's careful to time each breath just right. It's that attention to detail that makes CT so special. Well, that and his unique feel for good jazz.

Ronnie Scott, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass and Milt Jackson turn in solid solo spots as well as working cohesively in ensemble. The camera gets around to each and affords great closeups. At just under an hour, the program comes recommended for its all-star quality and for that special feeling you get while watching: as if you're there in the auditorium.


Tracks: Minor Blues; Pennies from Heaven; Samba de Orfeu; God Bless the Child; Sweethearts on Parade; Donna Lee.

Personnel: Clark Terry: flugelhorn, trumpet (5); Oscar Peterson: piano; Ronnie Scott: tenor saxophone; Niels Pedersen: bass; Joe Pass: guitar; Bobby Durham: drums; Milt Jackson: vibraphone.

Program Notes: Directed by P. Weyrich and J. Bovon. Approximate running time 60 minutes.


Shop For Jazz

DVD/Video/Film Reviews
Book Reviews
DVD/Video/Film Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
The Happy Horns Of...
Chesky Records
2011
buy
[no cover]
Clark After Dark -...
Chesky Records
2007
buy
Porgy & Bess
Porgy & Bess
A440 Music
2004
buy
[no cover]
Chilled & Remixed
Chesky Records
2004
buy
Spanish Rice
Spanish Rice
Verve Music Group
2004
buy
Friendship
Friendship
Eighty-Eights
2003
buy
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis
trumpet
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Art Farmer Art Farmer
flugelhorn
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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