All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

97

Jerry Vivino Quartet with Lew Soloff: Live at Shanghai Jazz

C. Michael Bailey By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Jerry Vivino Quartet with Lew Soloff: Live at Shanghai Jazz Jerry Vivino wants to have fun.



The multi-instrumentalist has played with the pop likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin, the Max Weinberg 7, and Bette Midler. He has also appeared several movie soundtracks as well as his own recordings. So, how does a bright-lights kind of saxophonist play jazz?

Over the top, or course.

It takes balls the size of boulders to combine Sonny Rollins’ "Doxy" with the Rooftop Singers’ "Walk Right In" straight out of the chute...and make it work. He does not stop there. Vivino takes Rollins’ influential "Blue 7" and flows it into Louis Jordan’s "Caldonia." This is a guy with a sense of performance, style, and humor. And he still is not finished with Sonny Rollins. Following "Blue 7/Caldonia," Vivino takes a straight "St. Thomas" straight into the traditional "Marianne."

Vivino shows off his bar-walkin’ rhythm and blues chops with "Gator’s Groove" and King Curtis’ "Soul Serenade (which is segued into "One Scotch, One Bourbon, and One Beer"). But he is not all show. Mr. Vivino plays a beautiful flute on ballads "A Child is Born" and "Seven Steps to Heaven," aptly supported by his regular rhythm section and joined by New York mainstay Lew Soloff of trumpet and flugelhorn. There is nothing earthshaking here, only good clean fun. And that is reason enough to seek out this disc.

Visit Jerry Vivino on the web.


Track Listing: Doxy/Walk Right In; Gator

Personnel: Jerry Vivino

Year Released: 2004 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Walkin With the Wazmo
Walkin With the Wazmo
Zoho Music
2006
buy
Walkin' with the Wazmo
Walkin' with the Wazmo
Zoho Music
2006
buy
Live at Shanghai Jazz
Live at Shanghai Jazz

2004
buy
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno
guitar
Bud Powell Bud Powell
piano
Randy Brecker Randy Brecker
trumpet
Joe Beck Joe Beck
guitar
Wycliffe Gordon Wycliffe Gordon
trombone
James Spaulding James Spaulding
sax, alto

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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