by Edward Blanco
A trumpeter whose high-register playing style has been compared to the late Maynard Ferguson, Paul Cacia releases his tenth album and first in the last fifteen years with Legacy--The Last Sessions. It's essentially a compilation of studio sets during the years from 1991 to 2005 recorded with some degree of participation from 25 well-known big name jazz artists (among them Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Bill Watrous, Tito Puente, Jack Sheldon, Pete and Condi Candoli, and Louie Bellson), some of whom ...read more
by Jack Bowers
If name-dropping were a criterion, Paul Cacia's Legacy would surely be among the most notable albums in the annals of jazz. The booklet lists no fewer than 25 special guests, including a quartet of legendary arrangers--Sammy Nestico, Ernie Wilkins, Bill Holman and Pete Rugolo. Would that names were all that was needed to guarantee success.
Not that the music is less than passable most of the time, but one should expect more from the sort of talent assembled for the ...read more