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Bobby Gordon - Bobby Gordon Plays Joe Marsala

24-09-2015, 18:06

Bobby Gordon - Bobby Gordon Plays Joe Marsala

Artist: Bobby Gordon
Title: Bobby Gordon Plays Joe Marsala
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Arbors Records, Inc.
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 62:23 min
Total Size: 143 MB
WebSite: Amazon

01. Woo-Woo
02. Southern Comfort
03. Don't Cry Joe
04. Little Sir Echo
05. Say When
06. Morning Star
07. Hot String Beans
08. Jim-Jam Stomp
09. And So To Sleep Again
10. I Don't Have To Dream Any More
11. Angelique
12. Bird Man Blues
13. Village Blues
14. Like Never Before
15. Lower Register
16. You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart
17. I Must Be Dreaming

The first impression one gets when listening to this well-crafted tribute to the 100th birthday of Joe Marsala (and available now, thirty years after his death) is the feeling of having been transported to the past, albeit with clear digital technology. The CD is traditional jazz at its best with none of the hiss so common in remastered recordings of the 1930s era after all, the disc was recorded in 2007. During the sessions, clarinetist Bobby Gordon made no attempt to write arrangements that modernized the tunes; all of them are played in their original swinging big band era style, of which Marsala is a direct product. To recreate the selections, much of the sheet music was obtained from publishers who still carried them, while others came from collectors' files and even auction sites like eBay.

On the never-before-recorded "Angelique," violinist Russell George obviously channels Stephane Grappelli in one of his solos; "Village Blues swings hard while George, trumpeter Randy Reinhart and Gordon trade solos until they all come together, improvising New Orleans-style until the end. The same happens with "Southern Comfort and "Little Sir Echo," the latter being the most enjoyable (and upbeat) of the three. The title track has a bluesy feel on which Gordon stretches and the brilliant "I Don't Have To Dream Anymore opens with a syncopated bass line by Vince Giordano and has another fine Reinhart solo.

Another previously unrecorded tune, "Say When," begin with notes resembling the theme from the film An Affair to Remember but soon evolves through each musician's lead turns, one of the most beautiful coming from pianist Keith Ingham. This disc brings listeners back to a bygone era ripe for discovery by younger jazz fans. ~ Ernest Barteldes ~www.allaboutjazz

Personnel: Bobby Gordon: clarinet; Keith Ingham: celesta; James Chirillo: guitar; Russell George: violin; Randy Reinhart: trumpet; Vince Giordano: bass guitar; Arnie Kinsella: drums; Steve Little: drums.

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