It's unclear why a guitar-featured album with a bunch of solid horn players on hand engenders feelings of nervousnessespecially when they are pros like tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter Jim Rotundi and trombonist Steve Davis. From the opening bars of Cole Porter's "From This Moment On," on James Silberstein's Expresslane, horn riffs are heard alongside guitar chords and runs.
It is obvious, though, that Silberstein is quite comfortable in this setting and enjoys sharing the spotlight with his fellow musiciansand quite well. On Jack Wilkins' "Kiwi Bird," Anne Drummond's flute plays the melody in tandem with Silberstein, adding a touch of classical jazz to the motif. Then, for Raye/DePaul's "You Don't Know What Love Is," bassist Harvie S opens with an achingly beautiful arco solo. Whenever he gets to solo, Silberstein is a walking jazz guitar lesson for the styles of Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and so many others. They are all good and they all swing.
The horns are mostly heard playing in unison, although Rotundi, Alexander and Davis all get to rip through some vital up-tempo solos, with Davis especially strong in these settings. Vocalist Kate McGarry opens a door and provides some Luciana Souza-like vocalese on "Shadows." Silberstein plays some effective originals, then tackles a swinging Rodgers & Hart "My Romance," a bossa version of Carmichael and Mercer's "Skylark" and a solo stint on J.J. Johnson's jazz classic, "Lament."
Track Listing: From This Moment On; Kiwi Bird; You Dont Know What Love Is; Come Rain or Shine; Shadows; Express Lane; A Simple Thank You; Glass Garden; My Romance; Skylark; Lament.
Personnel: James Silberstein: electic guitar; Eric Alexander: tenor saxophone (1, 4, 5, 7, 8); Jim Rotondi: trumpet, flugelhorn (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8); Steve Davis: trombone (1, 4); Harvie S: bass; Jill McCarron: piano (1-8, 10); Vince Cherico: drums (1-10); Daniel Sadownick: percussions (3, 5, 7, 8, 10); Anne Drummond: flute (2, 5); Kate McGarry: vocals (5).
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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