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Panorama

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2004
Track listing: Work Song; Lullaby of Broadway; I

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Vaughn Nark: Panorama

Read "Panorama" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When one is informed that a certain musician’s perspective “defies classification,” that his “orientation is holistic,” and that he advocates “diversity and balance,” producing “a mosaic of textural contrasts” that expresses “a broad overview of human emotion,“ it’s best to hunker down and prepare to withstand an everything-but-the-kitchen sink onslaught. In Vaughn Nark’s case that’s not ...

Flying High

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Released: 1999
Track listing: Lorraine; Tidal Breeze; Brigitte; Red Clay; White Christmas; Con Alma; Night Clouds; Centri-Fusion; It Could Happen To You; Cherokee; My Funny Valentine.Collective

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vaughn Nark with the Airmen of Note: Flying High

Read "Flying High" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For two decades, until his retirement in 1993, trumpeter Vaughn Nark was the mainspring of one of the world’s leading contemporary Jazz ensembles, the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note. His many contributions as the band’s lead and Jazz trumpeter were so impressive that Nark was presented, by Presidential order, the Meritorious Service Medal in appreciation ...

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Vaughn Nark & The Airmen of Note: Flying High

Read "Flying High" reviewed by David Adler

Vaughn Nark is a trumpet showman along the lines of Maynard Ferguson or Jon Faddis. He’s featured here with an Air Force big band called The Airmen of Note. Nark’s penchant for high-note theatrics is immediately apparent on the opener, a fast latin arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Lorraine." His control and accuracy is no less dazzling ...

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Vaughn Nark: Flying High

Read "Flying High" reviewed by Jim Santella

With the Airmen Of Note, trumpeter Vaughn Nark expounds in the Dizzy Gillespie tradition of fronting a big band with blazing trumpet while offering popular music that everyone can appreciate. Although the liner notes do not credit arrangers, most of the selections have “that Sammy Nestico sound." Nestico was director of the Airmen Of Note in ...

Somethin' Special

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Released: 1998
Track listing: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Fiesta Mojo; My Funny Valentine; Tanga; Billie

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vaughn Nark: Somethin' Special

Read "Somethin' Special" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It was no less an authority than Dizzy Gillespie who described multi–instrumental virtuoso Vaughn Nark as “somethin’ special.” Is Nark being immodest in using the compliment as the title of his Summit Jazz debut? Well, as the late poet laureate of baseball, Jerome Herman “Dizzy” Dean, once said, ”It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it ...

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Vaughn Nark: Somethin' Special

Read "Somethin' Special" reviewed by Jim Santella

The high-note trumpet specialist can amaze an audience with his awesome physical strength and stamina, but quite often forgoes expressiveness through his concentration on lofty athletic feats. Vaughn Nark has solid support and a controlled manner in the “stratospheric" register; he finishes “My Funny Valentine" with an “A" above double “C." But it’s a welcome surprise ...


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