119

Lou Caputo: Urban Still Life

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Lou Caputo: Urban Still Life Urban Still Life is New York to the core with a cast of the City's main characters. Multi-reedist Lou Caputo (a NYC name, for sure) has put together a big-little band and fueled it with engaging arrangements (by band members) of jazz standards. In this respect, this recording is not unlike Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool in that both recordings emphasize the role of the arranger in the preparation of charts for larger jazz orchestras. In fact, included here is John Carisi's "Israel" from the Birth of the Cool Sessions.

The outcome is a collection of brash big band pieces that jump out, grab you by the throat, and yell, "Listen Here!" "In Walked Bud" is a powerhouse, like Mingus' "Song With Orange/Nostalgia in Times Square." There is a Bossa shade to Wes Montgomery's "Road Song" and Mario Bauza's "Mambo Inn." Charlie Parker's complex "Chi Chi" comes off without a hitch in this large ensemble setting. This superb big band outing will be enjoyable to even the most fussy listener.

For more information, visit Lou Caputo on the web.


Track Listing: In Walked Bud; Road Song; Israel; Song With Orange/Nostalgia In Times Square; Mambo Inn; Somewhere In The Night; Johnny Come Lately; Sometime Ago; Chi Chi; Chelsea Bridge; Raunchy Rita; On Green Dolphin Street.

Personnel: Lou Caputo--alto, baritone, soprano saxophones, clarinet; John Eckert, Jon Owens, Bill Mobley, Ben Bierman--trumpets; Roy Agee, Debra Weisz, Gary Valente--trombones; Jack Jeffers, Dale Turk--bass trombone, tuba; Virginia Mayhew, Frank Vicari--saxophones; Roberta Piket, Howard Williams, Bill Whited--piano; John Dooley, Brian Glassman--bass; Joe Carbone, Ed Cherry-- guitar; Rudy Petschauer, Bobby Sanabria, Ashley Schaefer--percussion.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: JazzCat 47 Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "#knowingishalfthebattle" CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Funk 'n' Feathers" CD/LP/Track Review Funk 'n' Feathers
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 7, 2016
Read "My Head is Listening" CD/LP/Track Review My Head is Listening
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Onwards To Mars!" CD/LP/Track Review Onwards To Mars!
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 18, 2016
Read "Loafer's Hollow" CD/LP/Track Review Loafer's Hollow
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "The Way You Say It" CD/LP/Track Review The Way You Say It
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!