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Hot Club of Hulaville violinist Duane Padilla echos the golden age of Stephane Grappelli, by way of Joe Venuti. Sentimental Swing presents nothing new and breaks no revolutionary jazz ground, being made up of ten well-worn jazz standards, presented in a violin-piano-bass trio format. Was all this necessary? Perhaps not, but Padilla does put a pleasant retro spin on some old classics, showing why it is important to recall the past when considering the present.
Padilla opens the disc with an attention-grabbing "How High The Moon," composed by Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis for the 1940 Broadway show Two for the Show, which has served as an important jazz standard in its own right and as a springboard for Charlie Parker's re-composition in "Ornithology."
Padilla plays the song straight, introducing the melody at half-time before gaining swing traction into the familiar foxtrot. Padilla and pianist Tennyson Stephens spar during the theme before carrying the contest to a higher level of invention in the solo sections. Contemporaneous soloing by these two players recalls the same Dixieland practice with more sophisticated material.
Personnel: Duane Padilla: violin; Tennyson Stephens: piano; Stephen Jones: bass.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.