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The Verve Jazz Ensemble - East End Sojourn (2014)

16-08-2014, 06:14
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The Verve Jazz Ensemble - East End Sojourn (2014)

Artist: The Verve Jazz Ensemble
Title Of Album: East End Sojourn
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: The Verve Jazz Ensemble / Lightgroove Media, Inc.
Genre: Jazz, Swing
Quality: MP3 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 44:48
Total Size: 108 MB / 276 MB

Last year, the Verve Jazz Ensemble burst onto the jazz scene with their debut release, It’s About Time, soaring up the jazz radio charts to the #5 slot and earning considerable critical kudos along the way.
East End Sojourn, the band’s follow up to their debut album, will be released on April 8, 2014, and will again feature the signature, classic swinging sound that has earned the VJE an increasingly large and loyal US and International following. This time out, the band has broadened its musical roster with special guest guitarist Peter Bernstein, who joins on three tunes, together with the VJE’s Blanck (tenor sax), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Matt Ostereicher (Piano), Elias Bailey (bass), and Josh Feldstein (drummer and VJE leader).
The new album picks up where It’s About Time left off, and also takes the band in several great new directions,” said Feldstein. “In addition to the VJE’s swing / bop / post-bop sweet spot, we feature some new grooves, exciting arrangements, and two originals on the album–together some incredible music with Pete Bernstein on guitar. What a delight to record with him.”
East End Sojourn kicks off with a dynamic arrangement of Horace Silver’s “Sister Sadie,” worked out by Jon Blanck, who contributed arrangements to four of the album’s nine tracks. “I wanted to solo over some high energy with a bluesy edge,” says Blanck. “When I put this arrangement together, it had to be fun.” Blanck’s driving tenor along with some soaring solos by trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt are backed by a sizzling rhythm section propelled by drummer Josh Feldstein.
The VJE’s arrangement of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” crafted by Tatum Greenblatt, presents a tight 3/4 arrangement that delivers a distinctively syncopated interpretation, performed as a quartet piece. Greenblatt’s muted trumpet leads the way, supported by Steve Einerson’s elegant piano which he hints at Waller’s classic style while exploring a melodious contemporary feel (Steve and Matt Oestreicher share paino duties on the album). Greenblatt’s arrangement of “You and the Night and the Music” is the first of the three songs featuring guitarist Peter Bernstein, who frames the tune by using his rich, undulating phrasing throughout his opening solo. Blanck and Greenblatt work together to build the tune’s up-tempo momentum, capped off by a series of bop-inspired solos by Feldstein on drums.
“I really like the Verve Jazz Ensemble’s performance of Flor de Lis! Their beautiful jazz interpretation of my song really captures the essence of the composition. Great samba groove, and a wonderful guitar solo by Peter Bernstein! - DJAVAN
Bernstein knew Greenblatt and Bailey prior to being exposed to the VJE’s work, and later encountered Blanck at a gig in Connecticut, after which the saxophonist sent him a copy of It’s About Time. Peter said he was impressed by the band’s “overall sound, interesting arrangements, and strong soloists,” and so, when Josh called him about guesting on East End Sojourn, he was happy to join the Verve Jazz Ensemble’s new recording project. On his second contribution to the album, “My One and Only Love,” Bernstein brought such emotion to the track (arranged by Blanck and Ostereicher) that it completely altered the band’s pre-meditated approach. Opening as a penetrating ballad, the arrangement shifts in and out of a dark yet grooving 6/8 feel. The piece creates space for a wide range of contrasting musical statements by Bernstein on guitar, Blanck on tenor, Greenblatt on trumpet, and Oestreicher on piano, before turning it back to Bernstein for a 6/8-ballad guitar solo.
On the next tune, the VJE then shared some of its inspiration with Peter, as they introduced him to Djavan’s “Flor de Lis,” the VJE’s first recorded foray into Latin jazz. “‘Flor de Lis’ is a beautiful song which I only heard at the session for the first time,” says Bernstein. “The band played Djavan’s version for me so that I could get the melody and the phrasing…it’s an amazing song that I want to keep playing!” Propelled by a delightful samba groove set down by Josh Feldstein along with some Stan Getz-esque tenor work by Blanck, the band relished the opportunity to dig their collective toes into the sand on this buoyant offering.
The mood and pace change again with “East End Avenue,” an original composition by Feldstein, which was inspired by the drummer’s experiences living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A “feel good” swinger—with a side order of jazz mambo wrapped in a big band feel—”East End Avenue” gets rolling with high-intensity, back-to-back solos from its arranger Blanck on tenor and Greenblatt on trumpet, followed by a Latin-inspired piano solo from Ostereicher and supported by Feldstein’s crisp drumming throughout.
A VJE signature is playing what they term a “big band reduction”–taking a classic big band tune and re-arranging it into exciting small group rendition that echoes the feel of the original big band approach. “Corner Pocket,” the Freddie Green classic played famously by Count Basie’s orchestra, is uniquely presented here as a VJE quintet piece. Arranged by Blanck, the track takes the energy down a notch, while injecting a strong blues undertow to this Basie favorite. “In the studio, the group was all over this one,” says Blanck. “We locked in on Josh’s swinging feel immediately. Playing this one made everyone smile.” With vibrant solos by Greenblatt on trumpet, a captivating Elias Bailey bass feature, and a spirited Steve Einerson on piano, the Verve Jazz Ensemble tips its hat to the Count’s legacy with this rendition—and then some.
“Strollin’ Meets Cute,” an unusual VJE trio arrangement by Feldstein and Oestreicher, is based on a hybrid of two classics: Horace Silver’s “Strollin’” and Neil Hefti’s “Cute.” “I’d been listening to the Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnette version of ‘Strollin”, and I loved it,” Feldstein said. “At the same time, I crossed musical paths once again with the Sonny Payne / Basie version of ‘Cute,’ and just couldn’t get the two tunes separated in my head. Out came this arrangement, which Matt and I worked up.” “But don’t ask for the chart to this tune,” smiled Ostereicher. “We don’t have one.”
As the VJE was wrapping up its recording of East End Sojourn, Greenblatt shared an insight. “I had an instructor who once said, ‘Every jazz performance should have a blues.’” “Dilly Dally Doodle,” the trumpeter’s 16-bar blues original, fit the bill, and the band quickly locked in to support “Dilly Dally Doodle’s” tight bebop line in classic style.
East End Sojourn demonstrates considerable VJE evolution, as the band explores new styles, takes even more adventurous solos, and explores several new musical territories with its emotionally direct arrangements, all while continuing to honor the swing / bop / post-bop roots that first put them on the radar of jazz fans throughout the world. When All About Jazz said, “From bebop rhythms to sweet melodic ballads and swinging romps forged with exciting solo statements, the Verve Jazz Ensemble delivers quite an attention-grabbing first effort drawing inspiration for an encore performance,” East End Sojourn is exactly what they expected.


1. Sister Sadie
2. Jitterbug Waltz
3. You and the Night and the Music
4. My One and Only Love
5. Flor De Lis
6. East End Avenue
7. Corner Pocket
8. Strollin' Meets Cute
9. Dilly Dally Doodle


Jon Blanck: tenor saxophone;
Peter Bernstein: guitar (3-5);
Tatum Greenblatt: trumpet;
Matt Oestreicher: piano;
Elias Bailey: bass;
Josh Feldstein: drums;
Chris Deangelis: bass (1, 6, 8);
Steve Einerson: piano (2, 7, 9).




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