CHAMPIAN FULLER WITH DAVID BERGER'S SULTANS OF SWING
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The fresh voice of Champian Fuller backed by New York's David Berger's Sultans of Swing make for a great listen.
Fulton's talent places her in a category beyond the dozens of young females who think they can sing and issue a CD which usually dispels the notion.
Her program is a wonderful mix of obscure but solid tunes like "I Didn't Mean a Word I Said," and "He Ain't Got Rhythm" with standards including "This Is Always," "They Didn't Believe Me," and "The Gypsy." She turns up the heat with "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," complete with a Louis Jordan-like shuffle beat. Check her out!
"FUNKY PIECES OF SILVER: THE HORACE SILVER SONGBOOK"
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Pianist Horace Silver's compositions were not only made famous by him and his various bands, but were recorded hits by many other major jazz players.
This five star Highnote release features nine cuts of Silver tunes performed by bands led by Charles Earland, Joey De Francesco, Papa John De Francesco, Houston Person and Joe Chambers.
Tenor saxophonist Person puts his patented blues stamp on Silver's "Juicy Lucy," a nice medium tempo treatment with sparkling solos by guitarist Paul Bollenback and the veteran pianist Stan Hope.
The late Hammond B-3 organist Charles Earland contributes four Silver landmarks; "Sister Sadie," "Blowing the Blues Away," "Strollin'" and "Quicksilver." They all feature saxophonist Eric Alexander and trumpeter James Rotondi.
Silver didn't ignore his Latin roots as he composed "The Outlaw" offered by drummer Joe Chambers and is definitely reflective of Silver's heritage. Pianist Mike Tsiganov delivers a brilliant solo. Organist Joey De Francesco along with guitarist Randy Johnson and drummer Billy Hart are hard to beat on "The Preacher."
"DIZZY GILLESPIE LIVE AT THE 1965 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL"
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Dizzy Gillespie made 19 official appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, a record for a while, but likely broken by trumpeter Clark Terry who is living.
Gillespie expanded his usual quintet to a sextet by adding percussionist Big Black for the festival gig. The crew of tenor saxophonist James Moody, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Christopher White and drummer Rudy Collins get off to a rousing start with "Trinidad Goodbye."
The ballad "Day After" follows with some very nice Barron piano cut short by Gillespie's second solo which I feel missed the mark. What is a Gillespie performance without "Night in Tunisia?" He brings the crowning tune in fine blowing fashion, in my opinion saving an otherwise nothing special effort.
"MUSIC MAESTRO PLEASE"
FREDDY COLE WITH THE BILL CHARLAP TRIO
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Today's croon master Freddy Cole is at his finest on this new Highnote release.
He places himself in the hands of pianist Bill Charlap and his trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the finest piano trio working today.
Cole oozes sentiment with such love ballads as "I'll Never Be The Same," "My Ideal," "Once In a While," "There Are Such Things' and more. There is a superb and moving medley of "Don't Take Your Love From Me," and "I Never Had A Chance." Cole didn't forget the blues either. He gets down on "Music Maestro Please, the title tune.
Charlap's crew is perfect for this outing. The pianist fills behind Cole's dulcet tones are a perfect match.
Dick Bogle hosts a weekly jazz radio show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays on FM 89.1 KMHD. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.