This Nagel-Heyer release captures a live performance in October of 1995. International is the appropriate descriptor for this group. The countries represented on the band stand that night in Hamburg, Germany were the United States, Sweden, England and Italy. Nonetheless, they captured the excitement and vitality of jazz music that knows no borders. While this session was set up to honor the King of small group performances, there is no attempt to imitate Goodman's style or even all the arrangements he used.
The major protagonist on this set is reedman Ken Peplowski. His "Did I Remember" is done in the typical relaxed, manner which characterizes his clarinet. He's joined by long time Concord Jazz soul mate, under appreciated guitarist Howard Alden. "You" features the use of all the piano hands of Mark Shane and effervescent vibes of Lars Erstrand. One of the highlights of this very good album is the guest appearance of clarinetists Allan Vaché and Antti Sarpila on a medley of tunes that Goodman is especially associated with, "Memories of You", "Poor Butterfly" and "Moonglow" and the last cut, "After You've Gone". The appearance of three clarinet players on the same stage together is a sight that is rarely seen during these days of sax domination. The way this trio feeds off each other on "After You've Gone" brought down the house judging from the shouts and huzzahs coming from the CD. Although he does most of his work on clarinet, Peplowski unpacks his tenor for the lengthy, lovely "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me".
The reeds are ably backed by a top flight rhythm section who are treated as equals on this session. In addition to Shane and Alden, Joe Ascione, who has emerged as one of the most sought after drummers on today's scene, as well as a leader in his own right, drives this group as well as Gene Krupa ever did for Goodman. Bassist Len Skeat and Erstrand's vibes are constantly in evidence as part of the ensemble and in solo. Nagel-Heyer continues to bring prime studio and live jazz to disk for which they have earned the gratitude of fans of good jazz everywhere. This album is no exception to the high standards this record company has set for itself. It's 62 minutes of hot, pulsating swing music, with a couple of ballads mixed in, in the Goodman tradition, and is recommended.
Track Listing: You; Did I Remember; Stardust; You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me; Limehouse Blues; Our Love Is Here to Stay; Medley: Memories of You, Poor Butterfly, Moonglow; After You've Gone
Personnel: Ken Peplowski - Clarinet/Tenor Sax; Lars Erstrand - Vibes; Howard Alden - Guitar; Mark Shane - Piano; Len Skeat - Bass; Joe Ascione - Drums; Antti Sarpila - Clarinet Allan Vach
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.