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Warren Vache Quintet: Warren Vache Quintet Remembers Benny Carter

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There's lots of life to this recording. Veteran trumpeter Warren Vache knows a thing or two about an old friend, mentor Benny Carter. With The Warren Vache Quintet Remembers Benny Carter we take a step back in time even as we venture forth into the present. A present that finds cornetist Vache's style and personage slightly at odds with that goofy-looking guy with the lid shaking hands with Carter for the cover of this release. It's a remarkable transformation for ...


Warren Vache: Jubilation: Live in Bern Switzerland at Marians Jazzroom

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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 ...


Warren Vache / Allan Vache: Remember (Ms. Vache's Boys)

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The Vaché brothers, cornetist Warren and clarinetist Allan, grew up in New Jersey in a hotbed of revivalist trad jazz. Their father, Warren Vaché Sr., was a bassist and writer-editor (a bio of Pee Wee Erwin, the early Chicago-style trumpeter, and editor of Jersey Jazz, a newsletter) and one of the Jersey neo-traditionalists who helped kick-off revivals with the annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. But while the brothers were steeped in trad jazz--an experience that has given them a ...


Warren Vache and the Scottish Ensemble: Don't Look Back

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A veteran trumpeter with an extensive resume that includes stage, radio and television performances, Warren Vaché filled a void in his three-decade career with the recoding of Don't Look Back. Having once stated that “Everybody really serious about jazz music dreams of making a recording with a string ensemble, Vaché accomplishes this long-held desire by joining forces with the Scottish Ensemble, a twelve-piece virtuoso string group that once specialized in only baroque music. Playing against the backdrop of the strings, ...


Warren Vache: Dream Dancing

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Cornetist Warren Vache has been a mainstay of the New York jazz scene since the mid-1970s. He frequently appeared and recorded with Scott Hamilton's combo and developed a lengthy recording contract with Concord Records as well as appearing on the local club circuit. Vache is perhaps the prime mover in the stimulation of the continued interest and growth of post-war small combo swing and prior to his own groups worked with Benny Goodman and Kenny Davern. Most recently his continued ...


Warren Vache: 2gether

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Close intimacy. There have been many memorable duet jazz recordings. Some that I would recommend to the listener are:Art Pepper and George Cables-- Tête-à-Tête (Galaxy 5147, 1982)Art Pepper and George Cables-- Going Home (Galaxy 5679, 1982)Archie Schepp and NHØP-- Goin' Home (Steeplechase 31079, 1994)Archie Schepp and NHØP-- Looking at Bird (Steeplechase 31149, 1994)Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie-- Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo 2310470, 1974)Frank Morgan and George Cables-- Double Image (Contemporary 14035, ...


Warren Vache: Swingtime!

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Some album titles so accurately describe the contents that there's almost nothing meaningful that a poor review can say about it. Such is the case with Swingtime!, wherein what is advertised is precisely what one gets--a baker's dozen of inflexibly swinging sorties by trumpeter Warren Vaché and his New York City All--Star Big Band (underweight division). The band includes only two trumpets (Vaché and Randy Reinhart), two trombones, four saxophones and rhythm, but after listening for a few moments you ...


Swingtime! / The Re-discovered Louis and Bix

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Archiving with a Difference. The German label Nagel Heyer is beginning to make a name for itself by documenting that rococo period in jazz between traditional and big band swing. My introduction to the label was the Terrie Richards Alden vocal release Voice With Heart (Nagel Heyer 048). I said in that review that, “In the realm of jazz, vocalist Terrie Alden, with the support of the Warren Vaché's quartet, effects a historically informed performance of an inventive collection of ...


Warren Vache: Warren Plays Warren

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One of the first questions younger listeners may ask about the recipient of this tribute album is, “Warren who?" The name is Harry Warren, and while he's hardly as well--known or celebrated as Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, Berlin or other icons of Tin Pan Alley, the marvelous songs Warren wrote--primarily for Hollywood films--were as popular in their time as any, and remain as familiar and often--played as most others in the Great American Songbook. Like every first--rank songwriter of that era, ...


Terri Richards Alden with the Warren Vache: Voice with Heart

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Brillant Throwback. A major trend in classical music recording and performance centered on words like “period" and “historically informed." The phrase “Period Performance" has several definitions: using authentic instruments and tunings from the period the composition being played was composed. Another would be using modern instruments built in the form of the authentic instruments of the period, or a strict adherence to the metronomic and other instructions of the composer. This latter definition bleeds into the concept of Historically-Informed" performance. ...