The French horn is no stranger to Jazz. Claude Thornhill used French horns in his 1940s big band where they made big impression of arranger Gil Evans. Evans then joined Miles Davis for his famous Nonet sides that made up The Birth of the Cool sessions. It has been a bit of a hard road for the instrument to break into the forefront of jazz improvisation. Richard Todd has stepped up to the challenge with a disc of jazz pieces that is nothing if not interesting.
With a Twist
features music by David Raskin, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. The overall tone of the recording is directed by the overall tone of the instrument mellowness. On the whole, With a Twist sounds like the movie soundtrack behind dialog. The instrument lacks the brightness of the trumpet and the sheer guts of a saxophone and the music it produces is tranquil in nature and unassuming in temperament. None of this means that this is a bad disc; quite to the contrary, this may be one of the most listenable discs I have heard in some time. It is a most relaxing experience. Heartily recommended for the light jazz crowd and anyone wanting to chill.
Track Listing: Nightwalk; Discovery; A Song After Sundown; Central Avenue Strut; Quiet Time; Emily; Days of Wine and Roses; Race; `Round Midnight; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Personnel: Richard Todd - French Horn; Billy Childs - Piano; David Carpenter, Chuck Domanico, John Clayton - Bass; Steve Huffsteter - Trumpet; Dan Higgins - Sax; Ralph Penland - Drums; Alan Estes - Vibes/Quiro; Lenny Castro - Congas; Michael Lang, Alan Pasqua - Piano; Tim May - Guitar; Bob Zimmitti - Vibes; Tommy Johnson - Tuba; David Raksin - Conductor; Frank Marocco - Accordion; Marcia Dickstein - Harp
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.