All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

336

Jack Cortner: Sound Check

By

Sign in to view read count
Back in 2007, veteran composer/arranger Jack Cortner (a longtime ghost for the late arranger and orchestrator Billy Byers) released Fast Track, his illustrious debut as a bandleader for the Jazzed Media label, with ex-Stan Kenton and Woody Herman trumpeter Marvin Stamm and his erstwhile sidekick, pianist Bill Mays, as the principal soloists. With Sound Check, Cortner, Stamm, and Mays return triumphantly with virtually the same ensemble drawn from the cream of New York session and Broadway pit musicians.

Stamm's nimble fluegelhorn and frequently Harmon-muted trumpet ride atop Cortner's facile orchestrations, which include two originals, the Art Blakey-flavored "A La Mode" and the James Belushi-sque title track. Throughout the entire album, Mays' unflinching pianism sparkles brilliantly, emerging into the solo spotlight on numerous occasions. In addition to Stamm and Mays, soloists include trombonist Jim Pugh (another ex-Herman Herdsman, featured on "Sometime Ago"), alto saxophonist Jon Gordon (Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island"), tenorist Dave Tofani (Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" and the Cole Porter standard "It's All Right with Me"), and drummer John Riley.

Sound Check vividly demonstrates that state-of-the-art, swinging big band jazz still has much to offer in the almost second decade of the 21st century.


Track Listing: Strike Up the Band; Speak Low; Sometime Ago; Cantaloupe Island; Sound Check; Yesterdays; Caravan; Cinema Paradiso Love Theme; A la Mode; You and the Night and the Music; It's All Right with Me.

Personnel: Jack Cortner: leader, composer, arranger; Marvin Stamm: solo trumpet, solo fluegelhorn; Bill Mays: piano; Bob Millikan: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Tony Kadleck: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Danny Cahn: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Bud Burridge: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Frank Greene: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Dave Gale: trumpet, fluegelhorn; Jim Pugh: trombone; Keith O'Quinn: trombone; Tony Studd: trombone; Birch Johnson: trombone; Paul Faulise: bass trombone; Lawrence Feldman: alto saxophone; Jerry Dodgion: alto saxophone; Jon Gordon: alto saxophone, Dave Tofani: tenor saxophone; Dennis Anderson: tenor saxophone; Bob Malach: tenor saxophone; Kenny Berger: baritone saxophone, reeds; Jeff Mironov: guitar; Jay Berliner: guitar; Jay Anderson: bass; John Riley: drums.

Title: Sound Check | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Jazzed Media

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Sound Check

Sound Check

Jazzed Media
2009

buy
Fast Track

Fast Track

Jazzed Media
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Jazz Tango CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz Tango
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2018
Read The Berlin Concert CD/LP/Track Review
The Berlin Concert
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 18, 2018
Read IMA IMA CD/LP/Track Review
IMA IMA
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Breathe CD/LP/Track Review
Breathe
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Good Music CD/LP/Track Review
Good Music
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 18, 2018
Read Stillness & Sirens CD/LP/Track Review
Stillness & Sirens
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 17, 2018
Read "My Singing Fingers" CD/LP/Track Review My Singing Fingers
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2018
Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" CD/LP/Track Review NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 4, 2018
Read "It's Always 9.30 In Zog" CD/LP/Track Review It's Always 9.30 In Zog
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 11, 2017
Read "Partir" CD/LP/Track Review Partir
by John Kelman
Published: May 30, 2018
Read "Back to the Sunset" CD/LP/Track Review Back to the Sunset
by Patrick Burnette
Published: March 28, 2018
Read "Earthshine" CD/LP/Track Review Earthshine
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: January 31, 2018