152

The Tom Talbert Orchestra: The Warm Cafe

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
The Tom Talbert Orchestra: The Warm Cafe “Discover Jazz,” the booklet accompanying this splendid CD suggests, and there are few more pleasant ways to do so than by taking one’s seat near the bandstand for an hour or so of delightfully easygoing music in Tom Talbert’s amiable Warm Cafe. A tip of the fedora to Essential Music Group for reissuing the album, which was recorded in 1991–92. That Talbert, a topnotch composer / arranger for some sixty years, derives his inspiration from such Swing Era giants as Lunceford, Basie, Ellington and Shaw is immediately apparent on the opening number, “Someone’s Rocking My Blues,” whose slow–moving introductory statement and swinging denouement are reminiscent of late–evening Jazz radio broadcasts from the ’30s and ’40s. It’s a spirit that obtains throughout this thoroughly entertaining session that encompasses seven more compositions by Talbert, Django Reinhardt’s “Manoir de Mes Reves,” Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love” and Fats Waller / Andy Razaf’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Talbert reaches into his well–stocked library to reclaim a number of graceful charts including “La Bayadera,” written for his big band in 1949 and rearranged for Stan Kenton a year later; “Tell Summer No,” composed in 1957 for a Town Hall concert by bassist Oscar Pettiford’s big band; “Too Soon,” written in 1949 for Billy Eckstine but never before recorded; “Dangraddy Blue,” written in 1987 especially for bassist John Leitham; and “The Warm Cafe,” one of Talbert’s themes for a long–forgotten ’70s film, What’s a Nice Girl Doing? Leitham is on board to have his say on “Dangraddy Blue” while “Too Soon” showcases Andy Martin’s expressive trombone (as does “Ain’t Misbehavin’”). Each of them is a finely chiseled gem, as are Talbert’s other charts including handsome arrangements of “Manoir,” “What Is This Thing” and “Misbehavin’.” They’re enhanced further by sparkling solos from Martin, Leitham, trumpet / flugels Steve Huffsteter and Bob Summers, altos Don Shelton and Lee Callet, tenor Bob Efford and baritone Jennifer Hall. If you’ve concluded by now that this reviewer is an unabashed Tom Talbert enthusiast, reward yourself with a jelly doughnut and at least two or three victory laps.

Contact:Essential Music Group, 274 Water St., Excelsior, MN 55331; phone 888–466–9119.


Track Listing: Someone

Personnel: Don Shelton, Lee Callet, alto sax, clarinet, flute; Bob Efford, tenor sax, clarinet; Jennifer Hall, baritone sax; Frank Szabo, Wayne Bergeron, trumpet; Bob Summers, Steve Huffsteter, trumpet, flugelhorn; Suzette Moriarty, French horn; Andy Martin, trombone; John Leys, bass trombone; Alan Steinberger, piano; John Leitham, bass; Jack Sperling, drums.

Title: The Warm Cafe | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Essential Music Group


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Tales & Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Tales & Tones
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Plays New Zealand" CD/LP/Track Review Plays New Zealand
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Kucheza" CD/LP/Track Review Kucheza
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Through The Glass" CD/LP/Track Review Through The Glass
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Journey To The Mountain Of Forever" CD/LP/Track Review Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 17, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.