Host of WNTI's Just Jazz - January 5, 2009
Bob Bernotas, WNTI's host of Just Jazz, makes the following four CD recommendations:
Don Braden: Gentle Storm (High Note): On this late 2008 release, tenor saxophonist Don Braden offers, as he always does, the best of modern mainstream jazz. Along with the usual mix of standards and originals Don adds a new twist, with his hip interpretations of the vintage pop hits "This Masquerade" and "Never Can Say Goodbye."
Marc Copland: New York Trio Recordings, Volume 3: Night Whispers (Pirouet): For this latest entry in his series of brilliant trio recordings, pianist-composer Marc Copland is joined by bassist Drew Gress and drummer Bill Stewart, who also contribute original compositions. A special treat are Marc's three solo takes of the Johnny Mandel movie theme, "Emily."
Lauren Sevian: Blueprint (Inner Circle Music): For the past few years Lauren Sevian has been a "rising star" on the New York jazz scene, particularly in her role as the baritone saxophonist in the Mingus Big Band. Lauren's debut CD, filled with original compositions performed by a stellar quartet, is further proof that she is becoming an important voice on her instrument.
Gary Smulyan: High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine (Reservoir Music): From the late 1940s well into the 1960s, Frankie Laine was one of America's most popular singing stars. Now baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and an all-star octet reveal the jazz side of Laine and his music through arranger Mark Masters' ingenious recastings of ten Laine favorites - including seven songs written or co-written by the singer himself.