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Jon Crosse: Kind Of Blue & Pink

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Jon Crosse: Kind Of Blue & Pink
This album is deja vu all over again! Saxophonist Jon Crosse, a Los Angeles-based musician for the past thirty years and a sax soloist for singer Paul Anka since 1983, has dedicated a part of his musical career towards jazz for children. Kind Of Blue & Pink, replete with a clever title pun, is cobbled together from previously released recordings. So what is really new here? We've heard nursury rhyme material from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ("Three Blind Mice") and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross ("The ABC Song"), and I'm sure that the Jacques Loussier Trio has recorded Brahms' Lullaby.

Crosse adds star power to the lineup by providing nursury rhyme vocals from Carmen McRae on three tracks ("Mary Had A Little Lamb," "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," "Hickory Dickory Dock"), and Freddie Hubbard blows trumpet on a few titles. But these additions are largely a distraction from the net effect of the album, which otherwise is a very effective soothing and lullaby-like collection that brings jazz sensibilities to these familiar children's melodies. The music and Crosse's arrangements create a suite-like setting that is buoyed by his soulful playing on soprano, alto and tenor sax, flute and clarinet—in addition to the work by pianists Clare Fisher and David Witham, bassists Putter Smith and Mel Graves, drummer Paul Kriebich and percussionist Luis Conte.

This album has already received praise as a 2006 Parents Choice Recommended Award Winner, as well as a National Parenting Publications Award.

Track Listing

Mary Had a Little Lamb; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; I Love Little Kitty; Hickory Dickory Dock; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; L

Personnel

Jon Crosse: soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo, clarinet, trumpet; Clare Fischer: piano, keyboard; David Witham: piano; Putter Smith, Mel Graves: bass; Paul Kreibich: drums; Luis Conte: percussion; Freddie Hubbard: trumpet, flugelhorn; Carmen McRae: vocals.

Album information

Title: Kind of Blue & Pink | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Jazz Cat Records


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