Warren Vache is one of just a few active cornet players, though he proves to be a lot more wide-ranging in his choice of songs than the late great Ruby Braff (while also possessing a greater sense of humor). Having studied with Pee Wee Erwin, Vache gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson and Bob Wilber. He has recorded over three dozen albums as a leader and is a regular on the jazz party circuit. These 2007 performances at the renowned Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland pair the cornetist with trombonist John Allred, a jazz party favorite who has had surprisingly few chances to record as a leader. Rounding out the group is the Manhattan favorite Tardo Hammer on piano, Australian bassist Nicki Parrott (another jazz party regular) and drummer Leroy Williams.
In spite of his reputation as a mainstream performer with an emphasis on swing and standards, Vache mixes in quite a bit more. The breezy setting of Horace Silver's "Song For My Father" showcases Allred rather well, while the sauntering pace of Silver's "Strollin'" features tight harmony by the two horn players. Vache and Parrott enjoy a playful vocal duet of James P. Johnson's obscure "Sweet Hunk O' Trash," with the leader answering Parrott's vocals with hilarious spoken commentary until they switch roles. Of course, they are on the money in their interpretations of standards, especially on the sparkling "Strike Up the Band" and the remarkably subtle treatment of "Caravan."
Track Listing: Old Devil Moon; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Song For My Father; My One and Only Love; Change Partners; Strollin'; Sweet Hunk O' Trash; Jubilation; Strike Up the Band; Caravan; We'll Be Together Again.
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.