As Associate Professor of Trumpet and Chairman of Jazz Studies for the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, Rob Parton leads a swingin' big band in the tradition of Count Basie and like-minded organizations that have shown a hearty appreciation for straight-ahead pleasure.
His searing flugelhorn is featured on several swingers, and his trumpet solo on "Never Will I Marry" indicates that Parton feels what he teaches. Fluidly and seamlessly, he phrases his way through familiar standards and not-so-familiar originals. Backed by a cast of stellar veterans, the trumpeter leads his cohesive big band through delightfully improvised matters. Outstanding soloists from the band include trombonist Tom Garling, alto saxophonist Mike Smith, tenor saxophonist Mark Colby, cornetist Kirk Garrison, and baritone saxophonist Ted Hogarth.
Chuck Mangione's "She's Gone" adds the magic touch of a 26-piece Chicago chamber orchestra as Parton explores the somber side of a ballad with bared emotions. Stan Getz' "Blue Getz Blues" features saxophonist Colby in a lush setting that explores the dynamic force that Parton's Jazztech Big Band is capable of emitting. The blues oozes through his horn as the band's cohesive arrangement surrounds him with warm fuzzies. Similarly, Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" brings it home with a warm welcome.
Garling's title track, "Two Different Days," pushes the modern mainstream toward its leading edge with rhythmic thrills and harmonic high points. Outstanding big band arrangements by Garling, Chris Madsen, Don Schamber and Thomas Matta give the band a highly recommended album. After fourteen years with this exciting unit, Rob Parton continues to create one masterpiece after another.
Track Listing: Soon; On a Misty Night; Speak Low; How Deep Is the Ocean; Take the 'A' Train; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Blue Daniel; Never Will I Marry; My One and Only Love; Bernie's Tune; Blue Getz Blues; Two Different Days; She's Gone.
Personnel: Rob Parton- trumpet, flugelhorn; Scott Wagstaff, Kirk Garrison, Mike McGrath, August Haas, Fred Powell, Marty Tilton- trumpet; Tom Garling, Tim Coffman, Andy Baker, Brian Jacobi, Dan Johnson, Bryan Tipps- trombone; Thomas Matta- bass trombone; Bob Frankich, Ken Partyka- alto saxophone; Bob Reszutko- alto saxophone, flute; Mark Colby, Brian Budzik- tenor saxophone; Ted Hogarth- baritone saxophone; Chris Siebold- guitar; Don Stille- piano; Tim Fox- bass; Bob Rummage- drums. Guests: Mike Smith- alto saxophone on "On a Misty Night;" Ron Ruvio- flugelhorn on "On a Misty Night" and trumpet on "Two Different Days."
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.