With a deep respect for tone quality, trumpeter Fred Forney has put together a collection of modern mainstream arrangements that serve the jazz tradition well. With the Chuck Marohnic Trio, Forney explores familiar territory. Half are the trumpeter’s compositions. His "Caverns" moves with drama and mystery; the trumpet floating irregularly atop a solid piano trio harmony and rhythmic foundation. Forney’s piano/flugelhorn duet tribute to Art Farmer offers warm phrases and somber thoughts. We lost Art Farmer in October. After losing so many respected jazz artists in 1999, it’s comforting to know that we’ll always have their music to remember them by.
Equal parts hard-charging straight-ahead bebop and slow, romantic ballads, Forney’s album brings us several aspects of the trumpet’s solo-voice strengths. Both Forney and hard bop saxophonist Tony Malaby deliver excitement and brightness on "Second Opinion." "Body and Soul," as well, is performed bright and bouncy, while "Lady Sings the Blues" turns expressive via muted Miles-like trumpet. For his frail ballad "My Platelets are Low," Forney wanders a little out of tune (consistently sharp on the low notes) in a demonstration of applied impressionism. Forney’s debut album - created with excellent results at The Sound Lab in Tempe, Arizona - comes highly recommended. Calling Phoenix home, the forty-something educator is but one more example of the mass of local artists around the world who go unrecorded year after year. In the liner notes, jazz critic/author Todd Jenkins describes Forney’s session appropriately as "conveying comfort and emotion in ways that appeal to the more romantic areas of mind and heart."
Track Listing: Into the Mist; The Best Thing For You, Is Me; Second Opinion; My Platelets Are Low; Body and Soul; Caverns; It
Personnel: Fred Forney- trumpet, flugelhorn; Chuck Marohnic- piano; Dom Moio- drums; Warren Jones- bass; Jack Radavich- bass on "Lady Sing the Blues."
Additional and Replacement Personnelfor "Second Opinion:" Tony Malaby- tenor saxophone; Trey Henry- bass; David Hocker- drums.
Additional Personnelfor "My Platelets are Low:" Grant Wolf- bass clarinet; Hugh Lovelady- clarinet; Bill Foy- trombone; Larry Conrad- French horn.
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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